HHMI researchers have tested the olfactory capacity of human volunteers and found that humans are capable of discriminating at least one trillion different odors.
In one of the first successful attempts at genetically engineering mosquitoes, researchers have altered the way the insects respond to odors, including the smell of humans and the insect repellant DEET.
Neurobiologist Leslie Vosshall will discuss why mosquitoes bite some people and not others at a lecture on November 9. The event is free and open to the public.
A new study in fruit flies suggests that DEET confuses insects by jamming their odor receptors.
A novel kind of odor-detecting protein may explain some of the gaps in researchers' knowledge of how insects smell.
Fifty-six of the nation's most creative biomedical scientists are being given the opportunity to tackle their most ambitious, risky research plans as they become the newest class of HHMI investigators.