Study: Two Percent Of Women Have No B.O. Gene

01/18/2013 11:24 am ET
  • New York Magazine

Two percent of women carry a “rare version of a particular gene (ABC11), which means they don’t produce any under-arm odour,” according to a University of Bristol study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology today. (Side note: best medical journal ever?) The 6,495 participants were recruited from the Bristol area as part of a longitudinal health study called Children of the 90s, which the researchers were careful to contrast with "the situation in North East Asia, where most people do not need to use deodorant and they don’t."

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