Skip to comments.A Gene for Fish Odor
Posted on 06/26/2012 9:27:47 PM PDT by neverdem
British scientists have developed a genetic test for a disorder that causes people to emit an unusual body odor: The gene causes sufferers to smell like rotten fish. For those who have been ostracizedshunned by friends and unable to hold jobs because they are perceived as unhygienicthe test offers some solace. But one patient says the genetic discovery has not changed his life as much as he had hoped for.
The discovery of a gene that explains an embarrassing body odor offers a little comfort to those who suffer. Genetic tests allow doctors to diagnose disease and patients to glimpse their medical future, but the knowledge of what's in your DNA doesn't always help in the way one might hope. This is the story of one man and his unusual gene.
In a corner of his home in Carlisle, England, Grahame Lancaster keeps a box of framed photographs. He pulls one out. It shows 50 police officers arranged into rows. "That's me in the back row," he says. "The big lump. Bigger than everyone else there, I think."
They said he smelled like rotting fish.He was only 22, but he was formidablesix-foot-four, 250 pounds, and confident. He served with the Greater Manchester Police. "My favorite times were nights," he says. "Catching criminals. I always used to pride myself on being able to catch most people."
Aside from the paperwork, he loved the job. But a few years after that photograph was taken, he started getting odd remarks from his fellow officers.
They said he smelled like rotting fish.
Following His Nose
"I just thought it was maybe something I'd eaten, even though I was never a great fish-eating fan," he says. "So I couldn't really understand where it was coming from." One officer suggested the odor came from Lancaster's hair...
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I’ve heard of jeans that smell like fish..........
I’ve heard of fish fingers....
What the halibut?
Every time he walked by a blind man, the blind man would say, “Good morning, madam!”...........
I thought it had to do with proggie women?
I had a nice boyfriend in college, but he smelled like old army tent canvas (kind of musty and chemically), eventually I broke off the relationship.
Did you ever ask him to take a good soaking bath?
Eve and Adam got it on. Afterwards, the big guy asked Adam where Eve was.
Adam responded,"She is down by the river washing off."
Oh crap! cried the big guy.
Now the fish are going to smell that way for eternity!!
Isn’t there a cream - or something that can dry his skin enough so the smell isn’t so bad?? For example, rubbing alcohol dries out the skin so your feet and pits don’t smell.
“There are two things in the world that smell like fish.
And one of them is fish.”
W. C. Fields
XX is the gene for fish odor.
(ducks and runs)
LOL - funny.
A very popular biker saying is
If it smells like fish then it’s a dish.
If it smells like cologne then leave it alone.
Just throwing that out there.
Heh, this thread is going downhill fast. Rocket-sled fast. Carry on! ;-)
I seriously don’t get these pathetic jokes implying women smell like fish. Oh, wait! Now I get it! Fish joke posters have only been with women who have some sort of infection of the genitalia. Or, and more likely, they’ve never been with a woman, and are going on silly junior high rumors. Got it!