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Science Note: Synthetic Ambergris

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Ambergris has been a key ingredient in fine perfumes for centuries. (Peter Kaminski)

Ambergris is a strange substance regurgitated from the stomachs of Sperm whales. It is a key ingredient in some perfumes, and can sell for as much as $10,000 a pound. But natural ambergris may soon be replaced by a synthetic alternative, and that’s a good thing for the whales.


Transcript forthcoming.



Abstract in the Journal of Biological Chemistry


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