Monday, June 27, 2011

Chromosone 11 & Olfaction

Chromosome 11 constitutes just over 4% of the genome, contains more than 40% of the olfactory receptor genes, making it the largest chromosomal repository of such genes in the human genome.

Many of the genes on chromosome 11 are grouped into related clusters known as gene families, the most notable of which is the olfactory receptor gene family. This family, whose corresponding proteins govern the sense of smell, is the largest known grouping of genes in vertebrate species.

In humans, its members are sprinkled throughout the genome, with the exception of chromosomes 20 and Y. But chromosome 11, which constitutes just over 4 per cent of the genome, contains more than 40 per cent of the olfactory receptor genes, making it the largest chromosomal repository of such genes in the human genome.
-Broad Institute 1996

Minute 1:25 begins the region affecting olfaction

photo: National Library of Medicine

Friday, June 24, 2011

Rhino Nose Er Us

a visit Inside the Nose ... with a bit of humor thrown in
as we visit this tunnel that works day in day out

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

smell of a ...

from The United States of Leland 2003
Writer/Director Matthew Ryan Hoge

Leland (Ryan Gosling) 
I thought you said your girlfriend was in Los Angeles

Pearl  (Don Cheadle)   She is

Leland    Then how you do explain the smell?

Pearl    What smell?

Leland     The smell of a girl

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Little Drummer Girl

from the 1984 film based on John Le Carre's novel
Le Carre appears in a cameo as a Commander

Diane Keaton as Charlie, smelling driving gloves
Whose are these?

Yorgo Voyagis as Joseph

Those were his. Sprayed with elixir of Michel.


 Charlie   Yeah, I'll be the first perfume bomb in Aramis.
 In 2004/2005 Victor & Rolf's
Flowerbomb/Flowerbomb Extreme debut

Photos: Warner Bros./Victor & Rolf

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Lord's Jester Perfume

Adam Gottschalk, perfumer and founder of Lord's Jester, brings deft touch, a heartbreaking quality, a tinch of humor throughout, and homage to beauty for beauty's sake.

Enjoying the beauties I've smelled to date, liquids,
and the solids have wonderful melt.

a transparency
and the sense that here
is a perfume maker who truly does love women.

So, Adam, if this is you clowning around - keep on doing it!

On you-tube you can find Adam's many poetry recitings, busking around the world, Bellingham Slam, talking about his adult onset MS, beat poetry, and perfume.


Just discovered the Lord's Jester has left the building. #AdamGottschalk passed around June 16, 2016. I wear his #Zephyr in honor of his ride on the winds ... he leaves his trail of sillages ... ‪#‎music‬ ‪#‎busker‬ ‪#‎perfumer‬ ‪#‎artist‬ ‪#‎writer‬ ‪#‎poet‬ gentle ‪#‎jester‬

A Toast.

photo / illustration:  Lura Astor

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Icy Perfume, Russian Skater, Yankee Ingenuity

That's Evgeni Viktorovich Plushenko on the ice. Ice is nice.

Love his skating at the 2010 Olympics

have not yet smelled Glacier 

Recommended Book The Frozen Ice Trade by Gavin Weightman
reads like an historical thriller -
Ice and what to do about it?
Yankee ingenuity gets it from here to there ...
marketing ice in the form of iced tea, ice cocktails, iced cream and the long list of new delicacies.

Today's ingenious marketing?
Getting more out of scent and flavoring in food and daily life.