How was the chemical basis of fruity aromas discovered?

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Ace asked the Naked Scientists:
hello again Naked geeks!

This is ace again, grad student @ cornell university. i have a question about artificial flavours and aroma:

How were scientists able to identify which chemicals give, say a banana or strawberry, its distinctive smell? If i give an animal a strongly fruit-flavoured soap, will they eat it or will they detect it's not a fruit they are presented with?

Also, probably a little related directly to what's above, if say a person loses their ability to taste (they had their taste and olfactory buds annihilated) - will they be able to eat and express hunger (different from appetite, btw)?

thanks very much!


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