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The olfactory system that lets mammals detect and identify odors starts with a wide array of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), which are located on olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs) that comprise the olfactory epithelium, a thin layer of tissue deep within the nose. This network has the capacity to identify and respond to the host of odors that mammals, including humans, come across every day.
A 3D SCAPE image of an olfactory epithelium in a mouse. Courtesy of Hillman and Firestein Labs.
A group of researchers has unlocked just how this process works, thanks to the use of advanced optical technology.
In its recently published research, a team from Columbia University documented the simultaneous imaging of the…READ MORE