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Contact: David Orenstein
Brown University

A Subsystem of Smell

Caption: Experiments in mice suggest neurons that detect odors associated with an instinctive response -- like fleeing when an approaching predator is detected -- are configured differently than other olfactory neurons. Further research could determine whether this system automatically triggers flight or other primal behaviors.

Credit: Mike Cohea/Brown University

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