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Some Adults Don't Produce Under-arm Odor

post #1 of 3
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http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-01-deodorants.html
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The study was based on a sample of 6,495 women who are part of the wider Children of the 90s study at the University of Bristol. The researchers found that about two per cent (117 out of 6,495) of mothers carry a rare version of a particular gene (ABCC11), which means they don't produce any under-arm odour.

But who knows if that applies to men (other than the very tiny percentage that never went through puberty).
post #2 of 3
this gene is not what produces underarm odour.

There was no explanation of what the function (if known) of the gene actually was, let alone evidence that this particular polymorphism completely switches off body odour production - which is not actually produced physiologically anyway but a product of microbial growth.

I would have to assume that the gene itself is in some way related to the immune system.

Anyway, I'm skeptical.
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Yes, technically microbial growth causes the odor (other than pheromones?), but let's assume the researchers know that, even if the author of the article doesn't.
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