Research On Sense of Smell Could Help Pinpoint Causes of Brain Diseases

Tempe, AZ (Scicasts) — Like most animals, we rely on our sense of smell for survival. It’s critical to our health and an important factor in our quality of life. A reduction in our ability to smell is believed to be a precursor to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s, to name a few. Yet olfaction is poorly understood compared to our other senses. Gaining a better understanding will have a broad impact in biomedicine, agriculture and engineering applications. In a new effort to promote transformative research on critical questions about our sense of smell, the National Science Foundation hosted an “Ideas Lab” called “Crack the Olfaction Code.” As part of this effort to generate interdisciplinary, innovative collaborations for discovery in the field of olfaction, the National Science…


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