chemosensory
Image of the Day: Tuft Cells
Image of the Day: Tuft Cells
Chia-Yi Hou | Apr 3, 2019
After a severe case of flu, mice have chemosensory cells in their lungs, a place where they don’t normally occur.
Image of the Day: Plastic Feast
Image of the Day: Plastic Feast
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Oct 30, 2017
New research suggests that plastic might just “taste good” to hard corals.
Bitter Taste Receptors in Uterus May One Day Help Prevent Premature Birth
Bitter Taste Receptors in Uterus May One Day Help Prevent Premature Birth
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2017
Researchers suggest that the receptors can control early labor contractions.
Fish Smell ATP to Find Food
Fish Smell ATP to Find Food
Sandhya Sekar | Sep 1, 2017
Sensory neurons in the tip of the zebrafish nose respond to molecular signals released from food sources.
Gut Feeling
Gut Feeling
Ruth Williams | Jun 22, 2017
Sensory cells of the mouse intestine let the brain know if certain compounds are present by speaking directly to gut neurons via serotonin.
Fruit Flies Feel Humidity with Dedicated Receptors
Fruit Flies Feel Humidity with Dedicated Receptors
Alison F. Takemura | Sep 1, 2016
Drosophila antennae let the insects seek out moisture levels they like best.
What Sensory Receptors Do Outside of Sense Organs
What Sensory Receptors Do Outside of Sense Organs
Sandeep Ravindran | Sep 1, 2016
Odor, taste, and light receptors are present in many different parts of the body, and they have surprisingly diverse functions.
A Panoply of Animal Senses
A Panoply of Animal Senses
The Scientist Staff | Aug 31, 2016
Animals have receptors for feeling gravity, fluid flow, heat, and electric and magnetic fields.
Olfactory Fingerprints
Olfactory Fingerprints
Jef Akst | Jun 24, 2015
People can be identified by the distinctive ways they perceive odors, a new study shows.
Pleasure To Smell You
Pleasure To Smell You
Jef Akst | Mar 4, 2015
People tend to sniff their mitts after shaking hands with someone of the same sex, suggesting that the traditional greeting may transmit chemosensory signals.
Vampire Bats Lack Bitter Taste
Vampire Bats Lack Bitter Taste
Jef Akst | Jun 25, 2014
With a diet of blood, the flying mammals have largely lost the ability to taste bitter flavors.
Making Sense of the Narwhal Tusk
Making Sense of the Narwhal Tusk
Kerry Grens | Mar 18, 2014
Emerging evidence suggests that the marine mammal’s long front tooth might help the narwhal sense environmental changes.  
Jaws, Reconsidered
Jaws, Reconsidered
Mary Bates | Mar 1, 2014
Biologist Jelle Atema is putting the sensory capabilities of sharks to the test—and finding that the truth is more fascinating than fiction.
Feeding Frenzy
Feeding Frenzy
Mary Bates | Feb 28, 2014
Take a peek into the shark tank where Boston University biologist Jelle Atema is testing how well the fish actually smell.
Fly Leg Sensors Recognize Mates
Fly Leg Sensors Recognize Mates
Chris Palmer | Jul 1, 2013
Male fruit flies use a sensory system in their legs to help determine whether a potential mate is from a different species.
Sensing Calories Without Taste
Sensing Calories Without Taste
Francie Diep | Apr 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.
The Sound of Salt
The Sound of Salt
Sabrina Richards | Jan 30, 2013
A putative ion channel integral to mammalian hearing turns out to be an elusive salt-sensing chemoreceptor in nematode worms.
Sweet and Sour Science
Ruth Williams | Feb 1, 2012
Japanese researchers unravel the mystery of miracle fruit.
Taste in the Mouth, Gut, and Airways
Taste in the Mouth, Gut, and Airways
Thomas E. Finger and Sue C. Kinnamon | Dec 1, 2011
The tongue may be the epicenter of taste sensation, but taste receptors are scattered throughout the digestive and respiratory tracts.
Matters of Taste
Thomas E. Finger and Sue C. Kinnamon | Dec 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.