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Nose thyself: individuality in the human olfactory genome

Xiaohong Zhang and Stuart Firestein*

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Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University, Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027, USA

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Genome Biology 2007, 8:230  doi:10.1186/gb-2007-8-11-230

Published: 26 November 2007


A recent study using cell-based assays together with an olfactory psychophysical survey in humans has established a link between a genetic polymorphism in an odorant receptor and variability in perception of the smell of the steroid androstenone.