Anticipating the Aroma of a Chemical Compound

LAB MANAGER | February 22, 2017

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Data collected through a crowdsourcing competition demonstrates that it is possible to accurately predict the smell of a molecule given its structure. The results, which provide insights into one of the biggest unsolved questions in neuroscience, could not only be used to predict the odor qualities of particular molecules, but also to create new molecules that represent the vast array of flavor and fragrances that humans can sense. Predicting how a given substance will smell, given its chemical makeup, can be difficult, in part because odors are not distinct, one to the next; some molecules with very similar chemical structures can be distinguished by humans, while others with very different structures can produce nearly identical scents.

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