Futuristic fragrance: New biotech unlocks scents that have never been sniffed

( CNN) Perfumery has always been an intricate science; much more effort goes into capturing a aroma than areas outside the industry might imagine.

Over the last two decades, chemists have used innovative new technology to add an even larger array of smells to the perfumer’s palette, enabling them to create fragrances that have never been smelled before.

For thousands of years, smells went immediately from nature. Resins were collected from trees and burned as offerings to the gods; aromatic blooms and herbs were immersed in petroleums to release their fragrance before being mixed and worn.

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