Evolution: a study in bad taste?

Curr Biol. 2005 Oct 11;15(19):R805-7. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2005.09.021.

Abstract

Bitter tastes are among the most salient of life's experiences--who can forget one's first encounter with dandelion milk or a stout beer? Studies of the genes underlying these tastes are providing new perspectives on human origins and health.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alleles*
  • Biological Evolution*
  • Genetic Variation*
  • Genetics, Population*
  • Humans
  • Ligands
  • Plants / chemistry
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled / genetics*
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled / metabolism
  • Selection, Genetic
  • Taste / genetics
  • Taste / physiology*
  • Taste Buds / cytology
  • Taste Buds / physiology*

Substances

  • Ligands
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled