Alternative odor receptors discovered in mice

Posted by on May 26, 2016 4:43 pm
Categories: Science

Smell in mammals turns out to be more complex than we thought. Rather than one receptor family exclusively dedicated to detecting odors, a study in mice reports that a group of neurons surrounding the olfactory bulb use an alternative mechanism for catching scents. This newly discovered olfactory detection system responds to odors that elicit instinctive responses, such as pheromones and the smell of seeds and nuts.

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