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    Are we close to using pheromones as direct evidence that could identify a criminal/perpetrator? Have read where each of us has an odour unique to themselves and scientists are developing more and more sophisticated devices to detect them. So I suppose the big question is: what exactly is a pheromone, a substance/chemical? If our odor is unique individually, then there must be countless billions or even trillions of them. Leads me to believe a pheromone, if a mix of chemicals, must be rather complicated in its makeup. Like why are there so many different pheromones?

    Could we simulate a dogís scent sniffing abilities and use it as a foolproof investigative tool? I think dogs have a special organ in the nose that we donít have or itís at least way more powerful than ours. Scent should be as reliable as a fingerprint in order to identify individuals. What are the major stumbling blocks if trying to produce a machine/method that can accurately identify individuals using scent?


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    Any scent bearing molecules could easily be detected using GC-MS... I suppose it could be possible to identify them all and measure their concentrations to give a "smell print"... (however this may vary in an individual depending on many factors such as diet, stress, time of day and whether they'd changed their underwear

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    Any scent bearing molecules could easily be detected using GC-MS... I suppose it could be possible to identify them all and measure their concentrations to give a "smell print"... (however this may vary in an individual depending on many factors such as diet, stress, time of day and whether they'd changed their underwear

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    But would a dog's evidence be admissible in court? Perhaps so, if a policeman's is.
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