Humans can sniff out gender

Humans can sniff out gender

Study adds to controversy of whether people have pheromones

By Meghan Rosen, 11:32 AM May 1, 2014

Just a whiff of a man’s armpit could reveal his gender — to people attracted to males, at least. And females’ urine could offer men and lesbians the telltale scent of a woman, according to a controversial new study of how bodily secretions tweak perceptions.

“Our findings argue for the existence of human sex pheromones,” says olfaction researcher Wen Zhou of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.

Pheromones are chemical signals that some animals use to convey information about sex, health ...

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