London, Jan 18: 78 percent of people have a genetic variant, which means that they do not suffer from under-arm body odour but they still use a deodorant, new research has revealed.
The research was based on a sample of 6,495 women who are part of the wider Children of the 90s study at the University of Bristol.
The researchers found that about two per cent (117 out of 6,495) of mothers carry a rare version of a particular gene (ABCC11), which means that they don't produce any under-arm odour.
While about 5 percent of people who produce an odour do not use deodorant, more than a fifth (26 out of 117) of those who don't produce an odour do not use deodorant, a statistically highly significant difference.
However, 78 percent of people who do not produce odour, still use deodorant on all or most days.
This study looked for the first time at deodorant usage in relation to ABCC11 genotype and also in comparison with other factors such as age, background and general household hygiene.
At the individual level, the influence of ABCC11 genotype was much stronger than the other factors.
The study has been published in Journal of Investigative Dermatology. (ANI)