Window Seat 11 Oct 17

Window Seat 11 Oct 17

IT’S banned on flights across Asia and has been known to clear a room in seconds, but now scientists say they’ve discovered the secret to its stomach-turning odour.

The terror-inducing durian fruit – loved by devotees and detested by innocent bystanders – is believed to derive its overpowering smell from a single odour gene, the BBC reports.

The discovery could open the way for genetic manipulation that would allow an odourless version of the fruit.

“Our analysis revealed that volatile sulphur production is turbocharged in durians,” said geneticist Patrick Tan, who co-led a study in Nature Genetics.

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