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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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.
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.
Booger Bacteria’s Sweet Immune Suppression
Booger Bacteria’s Sweet Immune Suppression
Ruth Williams | Sep 6, 2017
Sweet taste receptor-activating molecules produced by sinus microbes suppress the local innate immune system in humans.
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
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.
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.
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.
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2011
Meet some of the people featured in the November/December 2011 issue of The Scientist.