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Stereochemical Theory of Olfaction

Naturevolume 199page912 (1963) | Download Citation

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IN his recent article on this subject J. E. Amoore1 ascribes the odours of substances to the size and shape of their molecules: the olfactory epithelium, he suggests, contains receptor sites of definite shapes and dimensions, and a substance with a molecule of configuration appropriate to fit into one of these sites will have one of the primary odours.

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    Amoore, J. E., Nature, 198, 271 (1963).

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    Kirk, R. L., and Stenhouse, N. S., Nature, 171, 698 (1953).

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