Researchers Make Mice Smell Odors that Aren’t Really There
Researchers Make Mice Smell Odors that Aren’t Really There
Using optogenetics, scientists have simulated the sense of smell directly within the mouse brain to investigate the nature of olfactory perception.
Researchers Make Mice Smell Odors that Aren’t Really There
Researchers Make Mice Smell Odors that Aren’t Really There

Using optogenetics, scientists have simulated the sense of smell directly within the mouse brain to investigate the nature of olfactory perception.

Using optogenetics, scientists have simulated the sense of smell directly within the mouse brain to investigate the nature of olfactory perception.

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