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    have you heard of the gene mutation that prevents smelling 'skunk'?

    so I was having a conversation at the lunch table the other day, and the topic of asparagus came up, and how there are some specific mutation's that allows some people to smell a 'sulfuric' type odor in their urine after they have eaten the vegetable

    I know there have been some previous threads that discuss the 3? mutations that allow for being able to smell the stinky pee
    (here is a quick find of an news article talking about it https://www.scientificamerican.com/a...ne-urine-luck/ )

    anyway, during the discussion, one of my co workers noted that in a similar vein, she and at least 1 other person she has met before have a mutation that does not allow them to smell the 'skunk' smell
    I had never heard of that, and as there are alot of skunks in my area (the 4 legged kind, there are lots of 2 legged ones as well, but that is another story)

    ...so after all the jokes about someone who is not wearing their glasses, and has this mutation, going up and trying to pet the 'cute little black and white kittens' that just came out of the woods, I started wondering if this was a very common affliction (minor affliction its true, but I do think an affliction as I have had to scrub the skunk smell off myself after an unfortunate experience as a kid)

    how about it folks, have your heard of not being able to smell the skunk smell and if so, do you know of any research suggesting which genes might be responsible for that?

    Mike

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    I'm interested in this because I'll admit I've never smelled a skunk myself although there are plenty around where I live. So if it IS a mutation, it's not on the Y, cuz!

    My case may be different though because I have a generally poor sense of smell overall; I don't even smell most cooking smells or body perfumes, etc. It has to be freshly-sprayed or concentrated in a very small area for me to catch a whiff. But skunk is one smell that doesn't even register in any quantities, at least not as a smell; I CAN recognize more subtle evidences of smells like changes in air moisture and sometimes I've felt that when people around me say there is a strong skunk smell.

    But I've walked into a house when no one else would go in to pull out the rug that the dog rolled on after getting skunked, and never smelled a thing.

    Mine may be environmental although there aren't any family stories of my falling into a vat of chemicals or anything. Anosmia (loss or lack of ability to smell) isn't a well-studied condition though. But if there IS a recognized set of genes that affects skunk smell I'd run out to get tested just in case!

    Dave

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    it was a girl telling me so for sure this one cant be blamed on the Y


    and it sure does sound like you are immune to the smell, cause it ain't mild or subtle, even in tiny, old doses
    ...mother nature did a very good job giving the 'little black and white funny looking kittens' a powerful defense that the dumbest of predators will remember

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    The responsible snp should be rs1953558 with C as the functional and T as the defective genotype.

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