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Sweet Taste Receptors Regulate Proteins in Developing Fruit Flies
An unexpected find shows that sweet-sensing receptors also help epithelial cells in Drosophila larvae stay alive amid proteotoxic stress.
Sweet Taste Receptors Regulate Proteins in Developing Fruit Flies
Sweet Taste Receptors Regulate Proteins in Developing Fruit Flies

An unexpected find shows that sweet-sensing receptors also help epithelial cells in Drosophila larvae stay alive amid proteotoxic stress.

An unexpected find shows that sweet-sensing receptors also help epithelial cells in Drosophila larvae stay alive amid proteotoxic stress.

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The Science Behind How Roundworms Spit
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By viewing countless hours of expectorating worms, researchers discover a unique way in which neurons control the movement of muscles.
Six primates eat leaves
Umami Taste Receptor Evolved with Primates’ Diets
Abby Olena, PhD | Sep 6, 2021 | 4 min read
A study suggests that mutations in the gene that encodes the T1R1/T1R3 taste receptor allowed primates that relied on insects for protein to transition to eating leaves and fruit.
Neurons for Taste Loosely Distributed in Mouse Gustatory Cortex
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2021 | 2 min read
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.
Proton Channel for Sensing Sour Taste Identified in Mice
Emily Makowski | Sep 19, 2019 | 4 min read
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.
Bitter Taste Receptors in Uterus May One Day Help Prevent Premature Birth
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2017 | 4 min read
Researchers suggest that the receptors can control early labor contractions.
Booger Bacteria’s Sweet Immune Suppression
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Sweet taste receptor-activating molecules produced by sinus microbes suppress the local innate immune system in humans.
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Bob Holmes | May 1, 2017 | 3 min read
One person’s quest to get to the bottom of the unique way he experiences food
Book Excerpt from Flavor
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Author Bob Holmes dove into the taste-determining realm of his genome.
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Sandeep Ravindran | Sep 1, 2016 | 10+ min read
Odor, taste, and light receptors are present in many different parts of the body, and they have surprisingly diverse functions.
Flavor Savors
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jan 1, 2016 | 4 min read
Odors experienced via the mouth are essential to our sense of taste.
Lack of Taste
Tracy Vence | Feb 17, 2015 | 1 min read
Scientists pinpoint how penguins may have lost their ability to sense sweet, umami, and bitter flavors.
Vampire Bats Lack Bitter Taste
Jef Akst | Jun 25, 2014 | 2 min read
With a diet of blood, the flying mammals have largely lost the ability to taste bitter flavors.
Roach Motel Vacancies Explained
Ruth Williams | May 23, 2013 | 3 min read
Scientists discover why certain cockroaches avoid eating insecticide-containing sugary bait.
Sensing Calories Without Taste
Francie Diep | Apr 22, 2013 | 4 min read
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 | 3 min read
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 | 3 min read
Japanese researchers unravel the mystery of miracle fruit.
Cat Cravings
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Contributors
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