Functional olfactory receptors have been identified in human taste cells. The findings suggest olfactory receptors play a role in the taste system by interacting with taste receptors on the tongue. The brain, researchers say, combines input from taste, smell and other senses to create a multi-modal sensation of flavor.
Researchers report it takes less than a tenth of a second for mice to distinguish between different odors.
A pheromone released by female zebrafish is sensed by the olfactory receptors of males, a new study reports.
Researchers report they have discovered the molecule responsible for regulating sexual behavior in vinegar flies.
Researchers discover as much as 30% of the larger array of human olfactory receptors differ between individuals.
In one of the first successful attempts at genetically engineering mosquitoes, HHMI researchers have altered the way the insects respond to odors, including the smell of humans and the insect repellant DEET.