Recent Scientific News Releases
Olfactory cues enable noninvasive eavesdropping on the immune system. New research from the Monell Chemical Senses Center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals that immunization can trigger a distinct change in body odor.
Behavioral and gene studies establish functionality of sweet taste perception in this endangered species.
Despite the popular conception of giant pandas as continually chomping on bamboo to fulfill a voracious appetite for this reedy grass, new research from the Monell Center reveals that this highly endangered species also has a sweet tooth. A combination of behavioral and molecular genetic studies demonstrated that the giant panda both possesses functional sweet taste receptors and also shows a strong preference for some natural sweeteners, including fructose and sucrose.
Scientists from the Monell Chemical Senses Center have found that children who most prefer high levels of sweet tastes also most prefer high levels of salt taste and that, in general, children prefer sweeter and saltier tastes than do adults. These preferences relate not only to food intake but also to measures of growth and can have important implications for efforts to change children’s diets.
Leslie J. Stein, Ph.D.
Monell scientists serve as expert sources on topics related to taste and smell and also their own fields of specialization. Click here to search for Monell experts by sense, thematic topic or area of interest.