It’s been hard for scientists to figure out how the mammalian brain tells one smell from another. “Decoding how the brain tells apart odour is complicated, in part, because unlike with other senses such as vision, we do not yet know the most important aspect of individual smells,” explains doctoral student Edmund Chong. But in a new study, Chong and his colleagues have taken a step forward on that front by creating electrical signals that the brain perceives as an odour.

Learn more in Science Daily’s “Scientists decode how the brain senses smell”