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Head of Chair of Cell Physiology
University of Bochum
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"This is the first time sperm has been shown to respond to smell," Hatt, who said the findings came after three years of study, told Reuters."The application of the substances in a salve to the vaginal area could raise the chance of conceiving."
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Dr. Hatt's research, which was published on July 8 in the
Journal of Investigative Dermatology
, shows that when synthetic sandalwood scent is in proximity of these receptors, the receptors trigger a calcium-dependent signal pathway.
This pathway ensures a quicker migration of cells to damaged tissue.
The activated receptors also caused a 32 percent increase in cell proliferation.
Dr. Hatt told
that this discovery could lead to further research in wound healing and even to applications for cancer, as T-cells-responsible for killing cancer cells-have olfactory receptors as well.
Hatt stated, "I feel a mission to convince my colleagues, and especially clinicians, that this huge family of olfactory receptors plays an important role in cell physiology.
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