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BIG Recipient Scott Pletcher on Olfactory Neurons and Long Life

Apr 20
2010

BIG Recipient Scott Pletcher on Olfactory Neurons and Long Life

An article in Science Magazine titled “Smell Less, Live Longer,” published in April, features the research of 2005 BIG Grantee Scott Pletcher, PhD, on the connection between olfactory neurons and life length. Dr. Pletcher and his colleagues investigated a factor—olfaction—that contributes to the fact that a low-calories diet can extend lives.  They found that when fruit flies smell live yeast while on a diet, they will die sooner. Searching for the specific odor responsible for this, they began by testing the odor receptor for carbon dioxide. Dr. Pletcher and his team discovered that flies…


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