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Remarkable Facts About the Human Nose

05/23/2016

A new study reveals that the nose possesses lots of attributes we may not be aware of.

A phenomenal new study may offer comprehension regarding the shape of the human nose —there’s more to our nose than meets the eye.

The study revealed that nose shapes can differ significantly depending on the individual, with a wide range of shapes, with regard to size and shape, according to a statement from University College London. Scientists have determined that it’s not simply an aesthetic feature — our noses might have developed a lot to accommodate various climates. For instance, Europeans may have thinner noses to endure a colder, drier atmosphere.

Current research demonstrates that the human nose is actually quite complex. A study published last year discovered that a bioelectronic nose that behaves like the human nose has the ability to perceive bacteria in water simply by smelling it.

According to an Elsevier statement, the sensor is able to identify not only bacteria but other microbes in water. It demonstrates that technology that emulates the human nose can identify even microscopic amounts of flavor from contaminated water.

A smelling device could be used in the smell industry, and it may have medical implications as well, as some patients with diseases like lung cancer give off certain smells. Studies have proven that dogs can detect these diseases. In the future, it could lead to the development of a smell classification system.

Meanwhile, this latest discovery could help scientists comprehend the very root genetics of the human nose, which could influence additional medical innovations.

“Few studies have looked at how normal facial features develop and those that have only looked at European populations, which show less diversity than the group we studied,” the first author of the report, Dr. Kaustubh Adhikari, UCL Cell & Developmental Biology, said in the statement. “What we’ve found are specific genes which influence the shape and size of individual features, which hasn’t been seen before. Finding out the role each gene plays helps us to piece together the evolutionary path from Neanderthal to modern humans. It brings us closer to understanding how genes influence the way we look, which is important for forensics applications.”

Professor Andrés Ruiz-Linares UCL Biosciences, who led the study added: “It has long been speculated that the shape of the nose reflects the environment in which humans evolved. For example, the comparatively narrower nose of Europeans has been proposed to represent an adaptation to a cold, dry climate. Identifying genes affecting nose shape provides us with new tools to examine this question, as well as the evolution of the face in other species. It may also help us understand what goes wrong in genetic disorders involving facial abnormalities.”

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