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Articles: Getting Nosey About the Science of Smell: Why Different Sniffs Get Different Whiffs!

Do you smell what I smell? A new study from the Monell Center and collaborating institutions sheds light on understanding the extensive individual differences in how we sense odors. By showing that small changes in a single olfactory receptor gene can affect how strong and pleasant a person finds an odor, the findings expand understanding of how olfactory receptors in the nose encode information about the properties of odors even before that information reaches the brain.