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Researchers suggest that the receptors can control early labor contractions.

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Booger Bacteria’s Sweet Immune Suppression

By Ruth Williams | September 6, 2017

Sweet taste receptor-activating molecules produced by sinus microbes suppress the local innate immune system in humans.

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Book Excerpt from Flavor

By Bob Holmes | May 1, 2017

Author Bob Holmes dove into the taste-determining realm of his genome.

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Why I Had My Sense of Flavor Genotyped

By Bob Holmes | May 1, 2017

One person’s quest to get to the bottom of the unique way he experiences food

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What Sensory Receptors Do Outside of Sense Organs

By Sandeep Ravindran | September 1, 2016

Odor, taste, and light receptors are present in many different parts of the body, and they have surprisingly diverse functions.

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Flavor Savors

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | January 1, 2016

Odors experienced via the mouth are essential to our sense of taste.

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Lack of Taste

By Tracy Vence | February 17, 2015

Scientists pinpoint how penguins may have lost their ability to sense sweet, umami, and bitter flavors.

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Vampire Bats Lack Bitter Taste

By Jef Akst | June 25, 2014

With a diet of blood, the flying mammals have largely lost the ability to taste bitter flavors.

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Roach Motel Vacancies Explained

By Ruth Williams | May 23, 2013

Scientists discover why certain cockroaches avoid eating insecticide-containing sugary bait.

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Sensing Calories Without Taste

By Francie Diep | April 22, 2013

Rodents and fruit flies appear to be able to sense nutrients even when they can’t taste the food they’re eating. Now, researchers are trying to figure out how.

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