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Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) is caused by the inability to metabolize the branched-chain amino acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine. The disease is called MSUD because urine from affected people smells like maple syrup.
Originally posted by Tom Bedlam
Hmmm...sounds awfully familiar...
Maybe it's coming home to reproduce:
Have you checked your hemoglobin levels lately?
The Serratia marcescens test was sort of a mistake. Everyone at the time thought S. marcescens was innocuous, and in most cases it is, but if you have a compromised immune system, it is a nasty bug to get rid of.
I'm sure another reason for using it is that you don't need to use a microscope, it makes ruby-red colonies with a really distinctive color if it's cultured right.
The biggest bang for your buck as far as scent markers go are vanillins and mercaptans. Was the smell sort of vanilla-like?
Originally posted by thelibra
Okay, so yesterday (1/30/07), in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas, I'm at work and I hear no less than three times people sniffing the air and saying "Something smells like mapel syrup." I figured someone had reheated a curry, or over-microwaved something with sugar to the point it carmelized, or something along those lines.
I'm leaving work, turn on the radio and since NPR is doing their bi-monthly beg-a-thon, I have it on scan. Right before the radio changes stations again one of the DJs says "Now if we could just get rid of the stink of mapel syrup in th--" and the station changed. I still didn't think too much about it.
Then I got home, I start working on the bathroom sink, clogged with god-knows what, and put the radio on NPR. And the two hosts that hour, during their pledge requests, complain about how their studio smells like maple syrup. Now my attention was gained.
My wife gets home, I ask her how her day was. She says "Fine, except the place smelled like maple syrup for most of the day."
What the hell is up with the scent of Maple Syrup?!?!?
Is there some chemical that, when spilled, smells like maple syrup? Is there a new kind of jet that uses fuel that smells like syrup when burned? Is everyone just mowin' down on McGriddle sammiches? What?