Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Smell you later

Elephants have about 2000 olfactory genes.

Humans only have about 400.

Niimura Y, Matsui A, Touhara K. 2014. Extreme expansion of the olfactory receptor gene repertoire in African elephants and evolutionary dynamics of orthologous gene groups in 13 placental mammals. Genome Res doi:10.1101/gr.169532.113 

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