The Intensity of Human Body Odors and the MHC: Should We Expect a Link?

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Wedekind, C.; Seebeck, T.; Bettens, F.; Paepke, A. J.;
  • Publisher: SAGE Publishing
  • Journal: Evolutionary Psychology (issn: 1474-7049)
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  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1177/147470490600400106
  • Subject: Psychology | BF1-990 | Odor intensity; MHC homo- and heterozygosity; 'good genes' hypothesis; 'compatible genes' hypothesis; T-shirt experiment
    mesheuropmc: chemical and pharmacologic phenomena | psychological phenomena and processes | musculoskeletal, neural, and ocular physiology

It is now well established that genes within the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) somehow affect the production of body odors in several vertebrates, including humans. Here we discuss whether variation in the intensity of body odors may be influenced by t... View more
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