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  • thenewenlightenmentage: The genetics of smell Research suggests that we all smell different smells thanks to our genes. Research by scientists at Plant & Food Research, published this week in the journal Current Biology, has identified some of the genetic differences that determine an individual’s ability to smell various odours. The researchers tested nearly 200 people for their sensitivity to ten different flavours that occur in food, then searched their genomes for areas of DNA that differed between those that could smell a given compound compared to those who could not. The study suggested that sensitivity to four of the compounds tested – isobutyraldehyde (malt), β-damascenone (apple), 2-heptanone (blue cheese) and β-ionone (violet flowers) – is based on genetic differences. The differences in sensitivity did not seem to be linked to ethnic background. “We were surprised how many odors had genes associated with them,” says Jeremy McRae, one of the scientists involved in the study. “If this extends to other odours then we might expect everyone to have their own unique set of smells that they are sensitive to. These smells are found in foods and drinks that people encounter every day, such as tomatoes and apples. This might mean that when people sit down to eat a meal, they each experience it in their own personalised way.” In the case of β-ionone, a smell closely associated with violets and present in foods such as tomatoes, oranges and Pinot noir wine, the research identified the exact change in the DNA sequence that relates to an individual’s sensitivity. Those who are sensitive to the smell describe it as a floral note, whereas others detect a pungent or sour odour. “Knowing the compounds that people can sense in foods, as well as soaps, detergents and other goods, will have an influence on the development of future products,” says Plant & Food Research scientist Dr Richard Newcomb. “Companies may wish to design foods that better target people based on their sensitivity, essentially developing foods and other products personalised for their taste and smell.”

     
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  • spiritualinspiration: In scripture, three Hebrew teenagers, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, were told to bow down to the king’s idol or they would be thrown into a fiery furnace. They said, “No, King. We’re not going to bow down. We know our God will deliver us.” Their attitude was, “We’re not worried about it. We know we have inside information. We know everything is going to be alright.” Notice they didn’t fight it. They weren’t upset. They weren’t complaining. They were at peace. They knew God Almighty had His hand upon them. The guards threw them into the fiery furnace, and when all was said and done, they came out without even the smell of smoke on them! Notice that God didn’t deliver them from the fire; He delivered them through the fire. Maybe you are going through the fire today. Know that God is with you. He’s doing a work in you, and He’s displaying His glory through you. Remember, on the other side of the fire is a place of abundance and blessing! Stand strong and see the fulfillment of the promises He has in store for you!

     
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  • Half Of The United States Lives In These Counties Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/half-of-the-united-states-lives-in-these-counties-2013-9#ixzz2eEVfdRyw

     
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