Environment News: Scientists Sniff-Test Gulf Seafood
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Scientists Sniff-Test Gulf Seafood
October 13, 2010—In the wake of the BP oil spill, scientists from a U.S. government lab in Pascagoula, Mississippi, are using a low-tech tool to analyze seafood from the Gulf of Mexico—the human sense of smell. Likening the sniff-testers to wine tasters, researchers say the nose can catch warning signs that chemical tests may miss