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Contact: Jim Dryden
Washington University School of Medicine

Fat on the Tongue

Caption: Scientists already knew the tongue could sense five distinct tastes but disagreed about over whether taste buds could detect fat. New research finds the tongue recognizes fat and that variations in a gene make people more or less sensitive to the taste of fat in foods.

Credit: Washington University School of Medicine

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