Science: 6423=A Rose

There is some great smelling going on in Cambridge, Mass. It has to do, among other things, with spices. One of the most difficult things to reproduce in the laboratory is a spice. A natural spice is an extremely subtle blend of many ingredients, and the absence of even a trace of a key ingredient may make a big difference in odor and taste. Therefore, attempts to find out how to synthesize spices by chemical analysis have not been successful. But an inventive Cambridge chemist named Ernest Charlton Crocker has just produced three synthetic spices very close to the real thing—nutmeg,...

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