MHC-Related Odors in Humans
Up to now, MHC-related odors have been only described for rodents Yamazaki et al., 1991; Roser et al., 1991). Nevertheless, it has been speculated that a similar phenomenon may also occur in humans (Beauchamp et al., 1985; Boyse et al., 1987). Individual specific body odors do indeed play a role in human self-perception (Porter and Moore, 1981; Lord and Kasprzak, 1989) and recognition of offspring (Porter et al., 1983; Kaitz et al., 1987), but there is no information available on the biological basis of these odors.
KeywordsBody Odor Carrier Stream Reference Trial Urine Odor Sweat Sample
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