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Synthetic gene networks that smell

Nature Chemical Biology volume 13, pages 245246 (2017) | Download Citation

Bioengineers have endowed a consortium of human cells with an artificial sense of smell, enabling the cells to detect, quantify, and remember the presence of gaseous volatile compounds in their environment.

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  1. Fahim Farzadfard and Timothy K. Lu are at the Department of Biological Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

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