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Sep 18, 2006 | 05:25 PM CDT

Taste Receptors Detect Toxins

Scientists at the Monell Chemical Senses Center (Philadelphia) have reported that bitter taste perception of vegetables is influenced by an interaction between variants of taste genes and the presence of naturally-occurring toxins in the vegetable.

Sep 14, 2006 | 03:43 PM CDT

Continued Diacetyl Petitions

In recent weeks, a new petition was filed requesting immediate action to protect factory workers from diacetyl, a commonly used synthetic butter flavoring tied to a rare lung disease—bronchiolitis obliterans.