Americans Win Nobel for Research on Smell

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Richard Axel (left) and Linda Buck

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The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine this year goes to two Americans who have puzzled out the sense of smell. Richard Axel and Linda Buck will split $1.4 million for discovering how chemicals in the air trigger thousands of recognizably different odors. Hear NPR's Steve Inskeep and NPR's Richard Knox.



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