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Olfactory Receptor Neurons

  1. Stuart J Firestein

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0000273



How to Cite

Firestein, S. J. 2001. Olfactory Receptor Neurons. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Columbia University, New York, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


Olfactory receptor neurons are the primary sensory cell in a system designed to detect and discriminate between a large and diverse array of chemical ligands called odours. The mechanisms employed for this task are a model of biological engineering.


  • sensory;
  • odour;
  • perception;
  • signalling