Caliban, often depicted as a Golumn-like creature, is one of the first cases of fish odor syndrome described in the literature. No amount of soap and water would help him to wash the smell away, as his body is constantly producing a pungent small molecule trimethylamine.
Caliban is likely to bore a brunt of a genetic misfortune - an error in the gene coding for Flavin containing monooxygenase 3, aka FMO3. However, as the recent article published by Dr. Preti's team shows, it could be also caused by mutations in a number of other genes in FMO3 pathway.
Even worse, as observed by Dr. Callewaert, some body odor conditions could be more like "infections" - e.g., picked up by sleeping in a dirty bed or using a contaminated washing machine.
Humans are awash in microbes; they cover our skin, live in our nose and mouths. Very little dis-balance could affect the symbioses and create colonies of displeased microbes generating smell. Sometimes it is not even describable as smell - as in PATM - "people alelrgic to me" condition that causes those surrounding the sufferer to exhibit a range of sensitivity reactions - from sneezing and coughing to rubbing their eyes.
These conditions are difficult to study. But we should study them, as we need to give the underserved the care they deserve. Join our Livestream today at 10 am PST to learn more.
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