Scientists Ask: Does Ovarian Cancer Have a Smell?

George Preti, who works at the Monell Chemical Senses Center as an organic chemist, and an interdisciplinary team that includes physicists and veterinarians at the University of Pennsylvania are using an electronic box to explore whether cancer has a smell.  In diseases that affect our metabolism, we secrete smells that can be indicative of what disease is affecting us.  And while ovarian cancer does not affect the metabolism, the cancer itself could have a metabolism that is affected and creates a fragrance.  To read more about the study, click here.