After years of unsuccessful attempts to culture taste cells, a team of researchers from the Monell Chemical Senses Center has demonstrated that living human taste cells can be maintained in culture for at least seven months.
Sugar receptors previously thought to exist only in the gut have been identified on sweet taste cells on the tongues of mice, possibly explaining why salt enhances sweetness intensity, according to new research.
Variation in taste genes could open up new opportunities for the
food industry, as well as parents, to devise better strategies to
enhance fruit and vegetable acceptance in children who are
sensitive to bitter taste, claim researchers.