Seeking the Sixth Taste

We are all familiar with sweet, sour, salty, and bitter, and perhaps less so with umami, the savory fifth taste. Are there more? The Museum’s Genetics of Taste lab is launching a new, groundbreaking population study to find out if and how we detect the taste of fatty acids, also known as omega-3 and omega-6. Nicole Garneau, curator of human health, will discuss how genetics and environment might contribute to sensing these important nutrients, and why it’s important to know if there’s a sixth taste. She will also share details on how you and your family can participate in this research project.

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