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2009-08-20 15:50:46

A study of 62 soldiers found that smokers had fewer and flatter taste buds than nonsmokers, researchers in Greece said. Study leader Pavlidis Pavlos of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki said the team used electrical stimulation to test the taste threshold of the soldiers and endoscopes to measure the number and shape of a kind of taste bud called fungiform papillae. Statistically important differences between the taste thresholds of smokers and non-smokers were detected, Pavlos said in a...

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2009-08-12 13:05:00

Scientists say that DNA analysis of ancient remains suggests that Neanderthals and modern humans shared the gene that give us the ability to taste bitter flavors, BBC News reported A chemical called PTC is considered very bitter to most people, but 25 percent cannot taste it at all, because certain people have different taste receptors on their tongues. But the genetic variation responsible for this difference also existed in Neanderthals, according to recent analysis of a 48,000 year-old...

2009-08-04 08:00:00

SAN DIEGO, CA, August 4, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Senomyx, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNMX), a company focused on using proprietary taste receptor-based technologies to discover novel flavor ingredients for the food, beverage, and ingredient supply industries, today provided a corporate update and reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2009. A key recent accomplishment for the Company was the new collaborative research, development, commercialization and license...

2009-07-24 15:40:46

The same mechanism that helps you detect bad-tasting and potentially poisonous foods may also play a role in protecting your airway from harmful substances, according to a study by scientists at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. The findings could help explain why injured lungs are susceptible to further damage.The study, published online July 23 in Science Express, shows that receptors for bitter compounds that are found in taste buds on the tongue also...

2009-07-08 13:27:35

Using a combination of sensory, genetic, and in vitro approaches, researchers from the Monell Center confirm that the T1R1-T1R3 taste receptor plays a role in human umami (amino acid) taste.They further report that variations in the genes that code for this receptor correspond to individual variation in sensitivity to and perceived intensity of umami taste."These findings bolster our understanding of human taste variation and individual differences in tastes for essential nutrients," says...

2009-07-02 06:54:00

Metromint Gives Consumers Six Ways to Chill Out This Summer SAN FRANCISCO, July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- A nationwide cooling trend is forecasted to arrive today in the form of Metromint (www.metromint.com), the all-natural mintwater that combines pure water and real mint. Metromint provides a cooling sensation in every sip and is the perfect refreshment to beat the summer heat. Metromint provides these tips for staying hydrated during the hot summer months: Adults should drink at least 64...

2009-06-30 09:52:58

Many plants protect themselves from hungry animals by producing toxic chemicals. In turn, animals rely on detecting the presence of these harmful chemicals to avoid consuming dangerous plant material. A paper, published in this week's issue of PLoS Biology, investigates the response of an insect to a common plant weapon "“ the toxin L-canavanine. The work, from authors at the Institute of Functional Genomic of Montpellier, finds that the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster can recognize...

2009-06-22 10:35:00

Where we are born not only determines how we speak but also how we taste our food and drink. The taste preferences of the UK's major regions have been analysed by Professor Andy Taylor, an expert in flavour technology at The University of Nottingham and Greg Tucker a leading food psychologist.Professor Taylor of the Flavour Research Group said: "Taste is determined by our genetic make-up and influenced by our upbringing and experience with flavours. Just as with spoken dialects, where accent...

2009-05-07 08:00:00

Recent Accomplishments Include: - Decision by Nestle SA to select a new flavor ingredient for evaluation of commercial potential in the coffee and coffee whitener fields - Extension of discovery and development program with Ajinomoto Co., Inc. - Extension of collaborative research and license agreement with Campbell Soup Company - Initiation of development activities to support regulatory filings for Bitter Blockers S0812 and S6821 SAN DIEGO, CA, May 7, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --...

2009-04-17 10:16:18

"Ew." It's a word many parents hear when they serve a meal to their child. But before getting frustrated, parents should know that children taste different flavors in foods than adults do.According to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, exposing children to various types of foods early and often will help them develop a taste for different foods."Children have sensitive taste buds, and they taste what we smell," said Roberta Anding, registered dietitian with BCM and Texas...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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