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New type of taste cell discovered in taste buds – EurekAlert

Our mouths may be home to a newly discovered set of multi-tasking taste cells that — unlike most known taste cells, which detect individual tastes — are capable of detecting sour, sweet, bitter and umami stimuli. A research team led by Kathryn Medler at the…

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IMAGE: Most taste cells selectively respond to a specific stimulus type while broadly responsive cells respond to multiple taste qualities.
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Credit: Jhanna Flora and Kathryn Medler
Our mouths may be home to a newly discovered set of multi-tasking taste cells that–unlike most known taste cells, which detect individual tastes–are capable of detecting sour, sweet, bitter and umami stimuli. A research team led by Kathryn Medler at the University at Buffalo reports this discovery in a…

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