Neurons for Taste Loosely Distributed in Mouse Gustatory Cortex
Neurons for Taste Loosely Distributed in Mouse Gustatory Cortex
Neurological representations of different tastes—like those of different smells but unlike those of sight, hearing, and touch—do not cluster in distinct spots within a murine brain region, a study shows.
Neurons for Taste Loosely Distributed in Mouse Gustatory Cortex
Neurons for Taste Loosely Distributed in Mouse Gustatory Cortex

Neurological representations of different tastes—like those of different smells but unlike those of sight, hearing, and touch—do not cluster in distinct spots within a murine brain region, a study shows.

Neurological representations of different tastes—like those of different smells but unlike those of sight, hearing, and touch—do not cluster in distinct spots within a murine brain region, a study shows.

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Loss of Smell, Taste May Be Reliable Predictor of COVID-19: Study
Loss of Smell, Taste May Be Reliable Predictor of COVID-19: Study
Ashley Yeager | May 12, 2020
Data from a crowdsourcing smartphone app is helping to track the spread of the disease in real time and reveals the symptom as the number one indicator of infection.
Proton Channel for Sensing Sour Taste Identified in Mice
Proton Channel for Sensing Sour Taste Identified in Mice
Emily Makowski | Sep 19, 2019
Otopetrin-1 was previously only known for its role in the inner ear, but it turns out it also forms a pH-detecting pore in the tongue’s sour taste receptors.
Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia
Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia
Catherine Offord | Mar 5, 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.
Why I Had My Sense of Flavor Genotyped
Why I Had My Sense of Flavor Genotyped
Bob Holmes | May 1, 2017
One person’s quest to get to the bottom of the unique way he experiences food
Contributors
Contributors
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2017
Meet some of the people featured in the May 2017 issue of The Scientist.
Book Excerpt from <em>Flavor</em>
Book Excerpt from Flavor
Bob Holmes | Apr 30, 2017
Author Bob Holmes dove into the taste-determining realm of his genome.
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.
Odor, Taste, and Light Receptors in Unusual Locations
Odor, Taste, and Light Receptors in Unusual Locations
Sandeep Ravindran | Aug 31, 2016
From the gut and airways to the blood, muscle, and skin, diverse sensory receptors are doing unconventional things.
Flavor Savors
Flavor Savors
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jan 1, 2016
Odors experienced via the mouth are essential to our sense of taste.
Lack of Taste
Lack of Taste
Tracy Vence | Feb 17, 2015
Scientists pinpoint how penguins may have lost their ability to sense sweet, umami, and bitter flavors.
How a Memory Is Made
How a Memory Is Made
Molly Sharlach | Nov 13, 2014
Transcription factor levels dictate which neurons in a network store a memory.
How Hummingbirds Taste Nectar
How Hummingbirds Taste Nectar
Ruth Williams | Aug 21, 2014
Hummingbirds perceive sweetness through a receptor with which other vertebrates taste savory foods. 
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.
Roach Motel Vacancies Explained
Roach Motel Vacancies Explained
Ruth Williams | May 23, 2013
Scientists discover why certain cockroaches avoid eating insecticide-containing sugary bait.
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.
A Scientist Emerges
Jef Akst | Aug 1, 2012
At age 16, Alexandra Sourakov has her first scientific publication, on the foraging behavior of butterflies.
Sweet and Sour Science
Ruth Williams | Feb 1, 2012
Japanese researchers unravel the mystery of miracle fruit.
Cat Cravings
Cat Cravings
Jef Akst | Jan 1, 2012
A mutated feline receptor for sweet tastes explains why cats don’t love sugar but do dig mushrooms.
Sensing Fat
Beverly J. Tepper and Kathleen L. Keller | Dec 1, 2011
Are genes that alter the perception of fat making us fat?