Friday, 25 July 2014

African elephant genome suggests they are superior smellers

Date:
July 22, 2014

Source:
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Summary:
Sense of smell is critical for survival in many mammals. In a new study, researchers examined the olfactory receptor repertoire encoded in 13 mammalian species and found that African elephants have the largest number of OR genes ever characterized; more than twice that found in dogs, and five times more than in humans.


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