Written by Dentistry Today Friday, 08 April 2011 08:25
Research from the Monell Center sheds new light on taste cells.
A study indicates that taste cells can be maintained in culture for seven months or more. This finding will allow scientists to get a better understanding of how human taste functions.
This information could enable scientists to generate new treatment for taste loss and possibly prevent taste loss for reasons varying from infection, radiation, chemotherapy, and other ways.
The taste cells are found in the papillae, which are the bumps on the tongue. The cells generate a taste based on the way the receptors interact with the chemicals. The cells can regenerate, an ability that most cells don’t have.