Do different cells in our nose respond to different smells? [News]

Friday, May 2, 2008 - 11:28 in Biology & Nature

People can smell thousands--perhaps even millions--of different scents. Yet scientists know that in the nose, there are only about 400 different types of odor receptors--proteins that capture scented molecules so that smells can be identified. Thus, there isn’t, obviously, one type of receptor that responds to a rose, while another jumps for jasmine. [More]

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