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The plastic fantastic brain: Why losing one sense rewires others

Study finds worms that can’t feel are better smellers — and the phenomenon is reversible

Jan. 19, 2016 | By Dr. Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

There’s a quirky phenomenon where people who lose one sense can gain near-super abilities in another. Now, a new study has found this sensory juggling also occurs in very simple animals and that the phenomenon is reversible.

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How the nose knows: Instinctive organization

Rodents' responses to social clues linked to unusual subset of neurons in the nose

April 27, 2015 | By Dr. Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

How mice respond to social cues — instinctive reactions driven by their superb sense of smell — may involve a unique set of neurons in the nose, according to a new study by Fred Hutch biologist and Nobel Laureate Dr. Linda Buck and colleagues.

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Study deepens understanding of how brain perceives scents

Through large-scale analysis of odor detection, Linda Buck and colleagues find extraordinary diversity, bias in odor recognition

July 18, 2011 | By Kristen Woodward & Colleen Steelquist

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center researchers have gained a broader and more detailed understanding of how mammals perceive odors and send such sensory input to the brain. The findings, by principal investigator Dr. Linda Buck of the Basic Sciences Division, were published June 22 in The Journal of Neuroscience. The work builds on previous Nobel Prize-winning research by Buck.

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