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One day, a machine will smell whether you're sick

Modern medical research confirms smell of skin, breath, bodily fluids can be suggestive of illness

Kate Murphy | NYT 

Blindfolded, would you know the smell of your mom, a lover or a co-worker? Not the smells of their colognes or perfumes, not of the laundry detergents they use — the smells of them?   Each of us has a unique “odourprint” made up of thousands of organic compounds. These molecules offer a whiff of who we are, revealing age, genetics, lifestyle, hometown — even metabolic processes that underlie our health. Ancient Greek and Chinese medical practitioners used a patient’s scent to make diagnoses. Modern medical research, too, confirms that the smell of ...

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First Published: Wed, May 03 2017. 00:44 IST
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