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A Hint To How We Process ‘Taste’

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(Dr. Brian McDonough) Dr. Brian McDonough
Dr. Brian McDonough has been medical editor at KYW Newsradio for more...
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Did you ever wonder why certain things taste different?

According to a new report in the journal Nature, a key component in the sweet, bitter and umami taste perception is a protein essential for the release of a signaling molecule in response to taste bud activation that transmits information about the taste to the brain.

It is called calhm h1. Researchers believe it is a key part in the signaling pathway that connects taste bud activation and transmission of sweet, bitter and umami taste information to the brain.

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