“In the past decade, scientists have discovered olfactory receptors lingering in strange places—in sperm, in the spine, and even in the kidneys. Now researchers in Hanns Hatt’s lab at Germany’s Ruhr University Bochum have identified scent receptors somewhere much more accessible: the skin. What’s more, these receptors appear to be involved in healing.”

Learn more:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25865-skins-ability-to-smell-seems-to-help-it-heal-itself.html#.VFegmvTF_Gw

Full Publication Reference:
http://www.nature.com/jid/journal/v134/n11/full/jid2014273a.html

 

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