Science Note: Synthetic Ambergris
Air Date: Week of May 24, 2013
Ambergris has been a key ingredient in fine perfumes for centuries. (Peter Kaminski)
Ambergris is a strange substance regurgitated from the stomachs of Sperm whales. It is a key ingredient in some perfumes, and can sell for as much as $10,000 a pound. But natural ambergris may soon be replaced by a synthetic alternative, and that’s a good thing for the whales.
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