Can you ‘smell’ your partner?

Many animals release tiny amounts of pheromones: chemicals that carry sexual signals to members of the same species. They are detected in the vomeronasal organ (VNO) in the nose, which is separate from the smell receptor cells. Some scientists think that humans also produce and detect pheromones in the same way, while others think that we no longer use our VNO.

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A woman smells a man's phermomones in the 'T-shirt test'.

 

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