Is the Human Olfactory Bulb Necessary?

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Many people may be living life without a particular brain region – and not suffering any ill-effects.

In a new paper in Neuron, neuroscientists Tali Weiss and colleagues discuss five women who appear to completely lack olfactory bulbs (OB).

According to most neuroscience textbooks, no OB should mean no sense of smell, because the OB is believed to be a key relay point for olfactory signals. As Wikipedia puts it:

The olfactory bulb transmits smell information from the nose to the b

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