This is What Tasting Looks Like

Dr. Seok-Hyun (Andy) Yun from the Wellman Center of Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital was part of a global team of researchers that was able to observe live taste buds in action for the first time using a specially designed microscope system operated by Dr. Yun and his laboratory team. The study revealed that rather than different tastes being assigned to distinct regions of the tongue, each taste bud has cells for all tastes. The study also suggests the taste process is not limited to the taste buds, but involves a complex interaction between food and an individual’s blood composition.

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