Smell Turns Up in Unexpected Places

Dr. Grace K. Pavlath, faculty member in Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, is mentioned in a New York Times article for her published study on olfactory receptors in skeletal muscles. Pavlath found that bathing the receptors in Lyral, a synthetic fragrance redolent of lily of the valley, promoted the regeneration of muscle tissue.

“This was totally unexpected,” Pavlath said. “When we were doing this, the idea that olfactory receptors were involved in tissue repair was not out there.”

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