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  • Odorant shape and vibration likely lead to olfaction satisfaction

    University of Illinois physics professor Klaus Schulten and his colleagues found that the vibration of an odorant molecule's chemical bonds contributes to the perception of smell.  Click photo to enlarge

    University of Illinois physics professor Klaus Schulten and his colleagues found that the vibration of an odorant molecule's chemical bonds contributes to the perception of smell. Click photo to enlarge

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  • To contact Klaus Schulten, call 217-244-1604; email schulten@illinois.edu. The paper, “Vibrationally Assisted Electron Transfer Mechanism of Olfaction: Myth or Reality,” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.