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What Is ‘Asparagus Pee’ and Why Can’t Everyone Smell It?

Genetics might help us unlock the mysteries behind this malodorous scent

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If you’ve ever smelt it, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about: sulfurous, cabbagey, some even describe it as ‘skunk like’. For some of us, ‘asparagus pee’ seems to be a rather unfortunate and unavoidable consequence of consuming this…




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Rosie Alderson, PhD

Rosie Alderson, PhD

(Hungry) Science Nerd: educator, writer and general foodie.

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