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How Odors Are Sensed: A Complex System Clarified

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April 13, 2006
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Yale University
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Yale scientists have systematically plotted the responses of the entire Drosophila (fruit fly) olfactory system, providing the first multi-dimensional map of the range of odorants sensed and the regions of the brain that are stimulated. This paper, published in the journal Cell, provides particular insight into the understanding of how animals perceive environmental smells that are often complex mixtures of molecular structures.

Odor coding in the fly.
Credit: Carlson/Yale

John Carlson, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and Elissa Hallem, his former graduate student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program, published the comprehensive study in the journal Cell.


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