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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Lemony or Masculine: Olfactory "Fingerprints" (Noseprints?)
New research by Secundo et al shows individuals have an olfactory "fingerprint" or "noseprint" ;-) which may be useful in early detection of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. The fingerprint may also be used in organ and bone marrow matching in a non-invasive manner.
The researchers asked the subjects about a variety of smells (i.e., "is this smell lemony or masculine?") and mapped the results as above. They discovered that an individual's "noseprint" did not vary significantly over 30 days (as the two maps in the middle and on the right in the illustration above). However, the individual on the left has a very different olfactory noseprint or fingerprint.
Additional information about the study is summarized at this link.
Of course, some noseprints or fingerprints may take a little longer to map:
What are you thoughts on this study? Are data points based on things like "lemony or masculine" good mapping markers?
Smell you later, ;-)
P.S Paul's comment about being prescient about smells and "Nostrildamus" made my day!