Americans Win Nobel for Research on Smell

Richard Axel (left) and Linda Buck

hide captionRichard Axel (left) and Linda Buck

Fred Hutchinson

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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