October 17, 2016

PASSING A VERY OLD SNIFF TEST: Distilling olibanic acids, the scent-producing molecules of frankincense. Chemists discovered that “…previously unknown molecules explained frankincense’s distinctive smell…” For what it’s worth, 5,000 years is a common estimate for the number of years human beings have used frankincense (“the sacred resin”). 6,000 years is another.

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