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Odors were produced to reflect our internal physiological and metabolic state in a very complex interaction between our genetic make-up and the environment. These odors carry messages that give clues to our age, gender, reproductive status and health state. This work involved discovering the unique, genetically regulated odor signatures of human subjects. The ultimate goal is to identify a group of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can be utilized in a sensor-based system (e.g. an electronic nose) to identify individuals.

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Document Title: Genetically Regulated Odor Signatures
Category: Nuclear Research and Facilities
Media Type: Photos
Date of Image/Photo: 10/28/2010
Background: Submitted during the 2010 Science as Art contest.
URL of this page: http://picturethis.pnl.gov/picturet.nsf/by+id/DRAE-8N9S55

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