From San Francisco, at the spring national meeting of the American Chemical Society
Taste researchers have narrowed the search for the sweet tooth gene, at least in mice, to a 100-gene region, says Gary K. Beauchamp of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia.
Twenty different sweeteners appear to activate the gene, says Beauchamp. That suggests it might encode a protein signaling sweetness rather than a receptor on the tongue, which would typically be more specific. People may have a similar gene, although studies of twins have failed to show a genetic link to sweet preference, he says.
Gary K. Beauchamp
Monell Chemical Senses
Monell Chemical Senses Center
3500 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
2001. Researchers discover human gene that may produce sweet taste receptor. Howard Hughes Medical Institute press release. April 23. Available at [Go to].