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2009-04-16 13:40:07

U.S. scientists say they've determined the red panda is the first non-primate mammal to display a liking for the artificial sweetener aspartame. Monell Chemical Senses Center researchers in Philadelphia said the unexpected affinity for an artificial sweetener might reflect structural variation in the red panda's sweet-taste receptor and the findings might shed light on how taste preferences and diet choice are shaped by molecular differences in taste receptors. Greater insight into why we...

2005-07-26 14:43:29

In WASHINGTON story of July 25 headlined "Why cats will never live the sweet life," please read in fourth paragraph ... Xia Li, a molecular geneticist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, a nonprofit research institute in Philadelphia, who helped lead the study ... instead of ... Xia Li, a molecular geneticist at Cornell University in New York, who helped lead the study ... WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cats may like ice cream, but it is not the sugary taste that appeals to them because they...

2005-07-26 14:40:00

WASHINGTON -- Cats may like ice cream, but it is not the sugary taste that appeals to them because they are genetically unable to taste sweet flavors, researchers reported on Monday. Domestic cats and big cats alike have a slightly different version of the sweet receptor gene than other mammals, the British and U.S. scientists found. Any cat owner knows that cats have individual preferences, but cats will turn their noses up at sugary treats that do not contain some other ingredient such as...

2005-07-25 00:45:00

SAN FRANCISCO -- Cats are notoriously finicky eaters, as millions of pet owners can attest. Now, there's a scientific theory explaining, at least in part, why cats have such snobby eating habits: genetics. Researchers at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia and their collaborators said Sunday they found a dysfunctional feline gene that probably prevents cats from tasting sweets, a sensation nearly every other mammal on the planet experiences to varying degrees. Researchers took...

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  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
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