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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2008 Aug;18(4):364-9. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2008.09.020. Epub 2008 Oct 23.

Better smelling through genetics: mammalian odor perception.

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Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior, The Rockefeller University, 1230 York Avenue, Box 63, New York, NY 10065, USA.

Abstract

The increasing availability of genomic and genetic tools to study olfaction-the sense of smell-has brought important new insights into how this chemosensory modality functions in different species. Newly sequenced mammalian genomes-from platypus to dog-have made it possible to infer how smell has evolved to suit the needs of a given species and how variation within a species may affect individual olfactory perception. This review will focus on recent advances in the genetics and genomics of mammalian smell, with a primary focus on rodents and humans.

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18938244
PMCID:
PMC2590501
DOI:
10.1016/j.conb.2008.09.020
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