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Yeast That Smell

Author(s): Eugenia Y Xu | Addison D Ault | James R Broach*

Journal: Journal of Biochemical Technology
ISSN 0974-2328

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 6;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Yeast | olfactory receptor | G protein-coupled receptor | biosensor | smell

The fundamental mechanism of olfactory receptor activation hasbeen conserved from yeast to humans. Engineered yeast cells cansmell some of the same odorants as humans can, which makesyeast an ideal model system for studying human olfaction.Furthermore, if engineered yeast cells are incorporated into sensoryarrays, they can be used as biosensors or artificial noses.
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