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Synthetic gene networks that smell

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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Figure 1: Natural versus synthetic olfactory systems.

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Farzadfard, F., Lu, T. Synthetic gene networks that smell. Nat Chem Biol 13, 245–246 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/nchembio.2315

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