3D picture of odour molecule created, could help decipher sense of smell: Study

Updated: Mar 18 2023 12:47PM

New Delhi, Mar 18 (PTI) Scientists have created the first molecular-level, 3D picture of how an odour molecule activates a human odorant receptor, a crucial step towards deciphering the sense of smell.

The scientists help break a longstanding impasse in our understanding of olfaction and the 3D picture created has implications for fragrances, food science, and beyond.

The model, created by scientists at University of California San Francisco (UCSF), US, is poised to reignite interest in the science of smell.