Recreating smells from the past

I've always wondered what Ancient Roman poo smelt like...
06 April 2022
Presented by James Tytko
Production by James Tytko.


A pot from Ancient Rome


If I asked you to give up one of your five senses, which one would you choose? Chances are, instead of giving up your ability to see or hear, your sense of smell would be in pole position for the chop. Scientists in Germany think we’re under appreciative of smell in our evolution as a species, with new research from the Max Planck Institute exploring biomolecular methods to bring smells from the past back to life. James Tytko spoke with Barbara Huber...


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