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Research Article

Molecular Vibration-Sensing Component in Human Olfaction

  • Simon Gane equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Simon Gane, Dimitris Georganakis, Klio Maniati

    Affiliation: Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, University College London, London, United Kingdom

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  • Dimitris Georganakis equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Simon Gane, Dimitris Georganakis, Klio Maniati

    Affiliation: Vioryl S.A., Afidnes, Greece

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  • Klio Maniati equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Simon Gane, Dimitris Georganakis, Klio Maniati

    Affiliation: Neurobiology Division, Biomedical Sciences Research Centre “Alexander Fleming”, Vari, Greece

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  • Manolis Vamvakias,

    Affiliation: Vioryl S.A., Afidnes, Greece

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  • Nikitas Ragoussis,

    Affiliation: Vioryl S.A., Afidnes, Greece

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  • Efthimios M. C. Skoulakis,

    Affiliation: Neurobiology Division, Biomedical Sciences Research Centre “Alexander Fleming”, Vari, Greece

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  • Luca Turin mail

    turin@fleming.gr

    Affiliation: Neurobiology Division, Biomedical Sciences Research Centre “Alexander Fleming”, Vari, Greece

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  • Published: January 25, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0055780

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How do we know?

Posted by Jivko on 28 Jan 2013 at 12:45 GMT

Fascinating work. I am outside of the olfactory field but I have been reading into it as a general interest. How the fact that some animas can smell (react to) deuterated compounds really proves the vibration theory? I mean, does it exclude the possibility that there is some other mechanism, such as - for the sake of the argument - conformational change or affinity change?

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RE: How do we know?

lucaturin replied to Jivko on 28 Jan 2013 at 13:51 GMT

have you read the paper ?

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