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Sweet and Sour Science

By | February 1, 2012

Japanese researchers unravel the mystery of miracle fruit.

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December 1, 2011

Meet some of the people featured in the November/December 2011 issue of The Scientist.

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Sensing Fat

By | December 1, 2011

Are genes that alter the perception of fat making us fat?

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Supertaster Anatomy

By | December 1, 2011

The unique taste bud patterning in people who have super-charged senses of taste

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Taste in the Mouth, Gut, and Airways

By | December 1, 2011

The tongue may be the epicenter of taste sensation, but taste receptors are scattered throughout the digestive and respiratory tracts.

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Can We Taste Fats?

By | December 1, 2011

Researchers are close to finding a receptor directly triggered by fatty acids.

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Matters of Taste

By | December 1, 2011

Compounds we perceive as sweet or bitter in the mouth trigger similar receptors and signaling pathways elsewhere in the body, helping to regulate digestion, respiration, and other systems.

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Deafness Gene Heightens Touch

By | November 20, 2011

People with a defect in an ion channel that causes deafness are more sensitive to certain types of touch.

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Super Sensitive Spider Sensilla

By | October 28, 2011

Researchers measure the responsiveness of a spider’s slit sensilla, sensory organs embedded in the exoskeleton that sense vibrations.

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Electric Dolphins?

By | July 27, 2011

Like many fish and amphibians, the Guiana dolphin can sense low levels of electrical activity in the water—an ability not previously reported in true mammals.

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