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Key Regulatory Role for Mysterious Olfaction Molecule OMP

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New research from the Monell Center reveals that olfactory marker protein (OMP), a molecule found in the cells that detect odor molecules, plays a key role in regulating the speed and transmission of odor information to the brain. The findings solve...
31-Mar-2016 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Danielle Reed Appointed Associate Director of Monell Center

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Danielle R. Reed, PhD, a world-recognized expert on the behavioral genetics of taste, has been named Associate Director of the Monell Center, effective immediately.
29-Mar-2016 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Unraveling the Enigma of Salty Taste Detection

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Scientists from the Monell Center have further characterized the identity and functionality of salt-responding taste cells on the tongue. The knowledge may lead to novel approaches to develop salt replacers or enhancers that can help reduce the...
11-Feb-2016 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Odor Biomarker for Alzheimer's Disease

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A new study from the Monell Center, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and collaborating institutions reports a uniquely identifiable odor signature from mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease. The findings suggest that it may be possible to develop...
12-Jan-2016 12:45 PM EST Add to Favorites

Children’s Ability to Detect Sugar Varies Widely

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According to new research from the Monell Center, sensitivity to sweet taste varies widely across school-aged children and is in part genetically-determined. The findings may inform efforts to reduce sugar consumption and improve nutritional health...
14-Dec-2015 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Low Sugar Diet Makes Foods Taste Sweeter But Does Not Change Preferred Level of Sweetness

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New research from the Monell Center reveals that while foods such as vanilla pudding taste sweeter following three months on a low-sugar diet, the level of sweetness most preferred in foods and beverages does not change. The findings may inform...
23-Nov-2015 12:10 PM EST Add to Favorites

Bitter Taste Sensitivity May Predict Surgical Outcome in Certain Chronic Rhinosinusitus Patients

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New research from the Monell Center and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania suggests that physicians may someday be able to use a simple taste test to predict which surgical intervention is best suited to help a subset...
9-Nov-2015 11:40 AM EST Add to Favorites

Meat-Eating Cats Retain Multiple Functional Bitter Taste Receptors

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Cats have at least seven functional bitter taste receptors, according to a new Monell Center study. Further, a comparison of cat to related species reveals little relationship between biter receptor number and the extent to which a species consumes...
15-Oct-2015 2:25 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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