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New Gene May Be Key to Sweet Tooth

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Science  27 Apr 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5517, pp. 620
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5517.620b

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Can't resist sweets? Sensory scientists have discovered a gene that may be responsible for your sweet tooth. Variations in the gene seem to explain why some mice prefer sweet flavors more than others do, and the same may be true for humans as well.