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Researchers Discover Precise Olfactory Map

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November 8, 2001
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In an article published in the November 8, 2001, issue of Nature, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Linda Buck and colleagues Zhihua Zou, Lisa Horowitz, and Jean-Pierre Montmayeur at Harvard Medical School reported genetic studies in mice that uncovered a precise sensory map in the olfactory cortex. The researchers also showed that this map is virtually identical in different individuals.

November 8, 2001 -— Each day, we use our noses to help make sense of our surroundings. We may not be as dependent on our olfactory capabilities as dogs or mice, but we are able to recognize and "assign an odor" to many thousands of chemicals in our environment.


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