Odor Differences between Enantiomeric Isomers

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Science  04 Jun 1971:
Vol. 172, Issue 3987, pp. 1043-1044
DOI: 10.1126/science.172.3987.1043


The enantiomers of R- and S-carvone, R- and S-carvotanacetone, R- and S-trans-dihydrocarvone, and R- and S-cis-dihydrocarvone were synthesized from R- and S-carvone, and all were subjected to gas-liquid chromatographic purification. Sensory analysis of the highly purified compounds revealed odor differences between enantiomeric pairs.