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The Basis of Food Texture Sensation

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For more information, see the paper by Zhang et al., Neuron 91(4), http://www.cell.com/neuron/fulltext/S….

Food texture is an important consideration when choosing what to eat or reject. Using fruit flies as a model organism, scientists from UCSB revealed the sensors that enable the tongue to detect the hardness of solid foods, and the viscosity of liquid foods.

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