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The women who lack an odour-related brain area — and can still smell a rose

A woman smells a flower in the rose garden at the annual Chelsea flower show in London.

Four percent of left-handed women lack an olfactory bulb but can appreciate a flower’s perfume, according to analysis of data in a public repository. Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty

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Nature 575, 261 (2019)




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