Odor Incongruity and Chirality

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Science  04 Jun 1971:
Vol. 172, Issue 3987, pp. 1044-1046
DOI: 10.1126/science.172.3987.1044


The enantiomers R-(-)- and S-(+)-carvone are the organoleptic constituents in oil of spearmint and caraway, respectively. Their odor distinctiveness has been unambiguously demonstrated by chemical interconversion, independent synthesis, and resolution. Odor differences between other chiral isomers were also firmly established.

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