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Genetics

15 September 2011

Body odour? Gene disorder may be the culprit

For some people with troublesome, unexplained body odour, an uncommon genetic disorder once known as "fish-odour syndrome" may be to blame, a new study finds.

For some people with troublesome, unexplained body odour, an uncommon genetic disorder once known as "fish-odour syndrome" may be to blame, a new study finds.

TMA itself has a strong fishy smell, but only about 10 to 15% of people with trimethylaminuria have that specific malodour. And that may make it tougher for affected individuals to get a diagnosis. No one is sure how prevalent trimethylaminuria is, though it is uncommon, according to Paul M. Wise, a researcher at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia.

 

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