Scent of a woman? Far more likely that it's actually the stench of whale vomit.
Still, at least there's a chance that high-end perfume-makers no longer have to depend upon bulimic sperm whales to ply their craft. Science, dear old science, has found a substitute.
University of British Columbia researchers have identified a gene in balsam fir trees that could facilitate cheaper and more sustainable production of plant-based fixatives and scents used in the fragrance industry and reduce the need for ambergris, a substance harvested from whale barf.
When sperm whales consume sharp objects, such as seashells
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