Taste Messenger

Sensing a flavor requires an energy molecule to carry information from taste buds to nerves.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM December 1, 2005

It can be hard to imagine life without a sense of taste. Ice cream would feel cold and smooth without the sweetness. Peanut butter would seem sticky and thick without the nuttiness. Apples would be crispy and juicy without the tartness.

Scientists have long known that different foods stimulate taste buds in our mouths in different ways. Taste buds then send messages along nerves to the brain about the food's flavor.

What's been missing for scientists, however, is an understanding of how these ...

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