Experts are said to have unveiled what causes body odour, with the discovery said to be a step forward in creating a new wave of more effective deodorants.
Scientists at York University, alongside scientists at Oxford University, unveiled that it was the staphylococcus bacteria in armpits that create the strongest smell. In their research they highlighted how they have decoded a ‘transport protein’ molecule that enables this bacteria to ‘swallow’ up the odourless compounds found in sweat that then create an odour.
The findings highlight how a new wave of deodorants that eliminate the strong body odour could be imminent.
Dr Gavin Thomas, from the department of biology at York, who co-authored the research, said: “Modern deodorants act a bit like a nuclear bomb in our underarms, inhibiting or killing many of the bacteria present in order to prevent BO. This study, along with our previous research revealing that only a small number of the bacteria in our armpits are actually responsible for bad smells, could result in the development of a more guided weapon that aims to inhibit the transport protein and block the production of BO.”