Scientists win .4 million to probe smell navigation

A team of scientists, including a UC Berkeley pioneer in odor mapping, has received a $6.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to dig deeper into how humans and animals navigate by using their sense of smell and converting odors into spatial information. The NSF this week awarded $15 million to three interdisciplinary teams of scientists to “crack the olfactory code” as part of President Obama’s BRAIN initiative. “Olfaction is one of the last frontiers of neuroscience, the least understood of the five senses, so this is a big win,” said UC Berkeley psychologist Lucia Jacobs, one of 30 researchers who hashed out ideas and presented research proposals at the NSF’s Ideas Lab in Virginia in June. “We can create a virtual olfactory landscape for the animals and see…


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