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  • Genomic study ties insect evolution to the ability to detect airborne odors

    Entomology professor Hugh Robertson and colleagues have determined that odorant receptors are a defining feature of insects.

    A new study from Illinois entomology professor Hugh Robertson and colleagues at the University of California, Davis reveals that all insects have odorant receptors that enable them to detect airborne chemicals.

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  • Editor’s notes:
    To reach Hugh Robertson, call 217-333-0489; email hughrobe@illinois.edu.  
    The paper “The origin of the odorant receptor gene family in insects” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.
    DOI: 10.7554/eLife.38340