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Humans can detect a humongous one trillion different odours

Mar 22 2014, 19:07 IST
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Humans can distinguish at least one trillion different odours, millions more than previously anticipated. (Thinkstock) Humans can distinguish at least one trillion different odours, millions more than previously anticipated. (Thinkstock)
SummaryFor decades, it has been believed that humans are capable of discriminating between 10,000 different smells.

in fact, there are many more than 128 odourants, and so the actual number will be much, much bigger," she said.

The study is published in the journal Science.

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