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Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia

By Catherine Offord | March 6, 2018

A whole-genome analysis of people who experience color when they listen to sounds points to a handful of genes involved in neural development.

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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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Contributors

By Diana Kwon | May 1, 2017

Meet some of the people featured in the May 2017 issue of The Scientist.

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image: Why I Had My Sense of Flavor Genotyped

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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image: Odor, Taste, and Light Receptors in Unusual Locations

Odor, Taste, and Light Receptors in Unusual Locations

By Sandeep Ravindran | September 1, 2016

From the gut and airways to the blood, muscle, and skin, diverse sensory receptors are doing unconventional things.

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image: What Sensory Receptors Do Outside of Sense Organs

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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How a Memory Is Made

By Molly Sharlach | November 13, 2014

Transcription factor levels dictate which neurons in a network store a memory.

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image: How Hummingbirds Taste Nectar

How Hummingbirds Taste Nectar

By Ruth Williams | August 21, 2014

Hummingbirds perceive sweetness through a receptor with which other vertebrates taste savory foods. 

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