Friday, November 18, 2011

Scientists Create A Taste Map Of A #Mouse's Brain

A team from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute have managed to identify and map specific clusters of neurons that were activated in response to drops of four of the five  taste groups placed on the tongues of sedated mice. In this way they produced a map of the areas in the brain that respond to saltiness, sweetness, bitterness and umami (or savoury) The only taste centre the researchers could not find was that for sour, possibly because the sedative used interfered with that taste.


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