Don’t Wash Your Ears
Now I have heard of everything. Just recently I read that
scientists have discovered that by smelling individual’s ear - or earwax to be
more precise - the scent can lead you to determine their ethnicity. Scientists
at the Monell Chemical Senses Center have uncovered that depending on the race
of the ear owner, the earwax’s (also known by the medical term “cerumen”) smell
varies. In addition, examination of the earwax can determine whether or not an
individual is of African, East Asian or European decent based on the wet-to-dry
consistencies and colorations.
Name Brand or Generic
As a scientist, I find these findings totally fascinating. I
have never given more than a thought about the sticky secretions that are
produced by my ear glands. I have though longer about which type of ear cotton
swabs to purchase, name brand or generic? But evidently some creative
scientists have thought long and hard about earwax. Hooray for their ingenuity.
Whales and Humans
About a year ago, you may have heard (Yeah, that’s a pun.)
that biologists discovered that the earwax from blue whales reveal their
testosterone and stress levels, as well as all of the pollutants encountered during their travels.
These scientists theorized that earwax one day may even be able to tell medical
scientist about an individual’s diet, genetics and environmental influences on
I am smiling as I write this because which of us does not
remember being sent back to the bathroom by a parent to re-wash our ears before
going off to bed? If our parents only knew, we were washing away a gold mine of