Taste Nerve Fibers: A Random Distribution of Sensitivities to Four Tastes

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Science  06 Jun 1969:
Vol. 164, Issue 3884, pp. 1183-1185
DOI: 10.1126/science.164.3884.1183


The numbers of rat glossopharyngeal and chorda tympani fibers responding to one, two, three, or four taste stimuli of different quality (sodium chloride, hydrochloric acid, quinine, and sucrose) and to each of the six possible pairs of these stimuli can be predicted if there are four independent sensitivities randomly distributed among innervating fibers.

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