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Red pandas reveal an unexpected (artificial) sweet tooth

Researchers from the Monell Center report that the red panda is the first non-primate mammal to display a liking for the artificial sweetener aspartame. This unexpected affinity for an artificial sweetener may reflect structural ...

dateApr 15, 2009 in Other
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A woman's nose knows body odor

It may be wise to trust the female nose when it comes to body odor. According to new research from the Monell Center, it is more difficult to mask underarm odor when women are doing the smelling.

dateApr 07, 2009 in Medical research
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Liking sweets makes sense for kids

As any parent knows, children love sweet-tasting foods. Now, new research from the University of Washington and the Monell Center indicates that this heightened liking for sweetness has a biological basis and is related ...

dateMar 18, 2009 in Psychology & Psychiatry
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Simple blood test predicts obesity

According to new research from the Monell Center, the degree of change in blood triglyceride levels following a fatty meal may indicate susceptibility to diet-induced obesity. The findings open doors to new methods of identifying ...

dateOct 31, 2008 in Medical research
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Odor ID not disguised by diet

Reporting in the October 31 issue of the online journal PLoS ONE, scientists from the Monell Center present behavioral and chemical findings to reveal that an individual's underlying odor signature remains detectable even i ...

dateOct 31, 2008 in
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Researchers discover scent of skin cancer

According to new research from the Monell Center, odors from skin can be used to identify basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer. The findings, presented at the 236th meeting of the American Chemical Society, ...

dateAug 20, 2008 in Cancer
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Kids connect alcohol odors with mom's emotions

How children respond to the smell of alcoholic beverages is related to their mothers' reasons for drinking, according to a new study from the Monell Chemical Senses Center. When asked to choose between the odor of beer and ...

dateJun 25, 2008 in Other
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