Genetics of Taste Goes National with PBS!

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By Nicole Garneau, PhD

What a great year it has been for us in the Genetics of Taste lab, and it seems others are taking notice. I returned to the office to find a wonderful present from Rebecca Jacobson, a science and technology reporter for PBS- an article about our study, the citizen scientists involved, and cool quotes from some great taste scientists! A very happy holiday indeed and a great jumping point for the new year.


From PBS NEWSHOUR online...
Science & Technology    Updated: Dec. 23, 2010, 11:57 a.m. ET
The Bitter Taste of Genetics
Cheek swabs, taste buds tests and tongues dyed blue -- it's all part of an experiment on taste genetics at the Denver Museum of Science and Nature. Reporter Rebecca Jacobson took a test drive through the tasting process.

The Denver Museum of Science is running a volunteer-based experiment on taste and genetics.

"I think we have a taster! Maybe even a supertaster!"

That's what the Denver Museum of Science and Nature's curator of human health said, laughing, as I made a face. It was Thursday afternoon, and Nicole Garneau, the curator, and Patty Drever, a volunteer, had just swabbed my cheek and instructed me to lick a piece of bitter paper. Imagine black coffee grounds mixed with raw broccoli. To me, it tasted that bad.


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From the Health Sciences Department at DMNS to you... Happy New Year!

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