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Discovery Of Taste Receptors May Make Bitter A Bygone Taste

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March 17, 2000
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It's an old axiom that in life we have to "take the bitter with the sweet." A recent study has shown that humans, as well as rodents, are well equipped to do just that. Scientists have discovered a new family of taste receptors (T2Rs) that may comprise as many as 80 different members, which together help detect different forms of bitter.

It's an old axiom that in life we have to "take the bitter with the sweet." A recent study has shown that humans, as well as rodents, are well equipped to do just that. Scientists have discovered a new family of taste receptors (T2Rs) that may comprise as many as 80 different members, which together help detect different forms of bitter. Why so many? In nature, bitter comes in many shapes, most often associated with poisons, so broad recognition of this taste perception can be critical to an animal's survival. Now that the molecular structure of these receptors is known, scientists may be able to use this knowledge to take the bite out of bitter.


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