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Discovery of taste receptors in the lungs


Posted on Tuesday, 26 October, 2010 | Comment icon 8 comments | News tip by: Persia


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Its a discovery so unexpected that even the scientists who found them were skeptical at first.

A team of researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore discovered functioning taste receptors in the lungs by accident during an unrelated study of lung muscle receptors.

"Taste receptors in the lungs? Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have discovered that bitter taste receptors are not just located in the mouth but also in human lungs."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Science Geek on 26 October, 2010, 3:33
Wow, this tells how much we don't know about our body. Thanks Persia.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Shletten on 26 October, 2010, 14:04
Talk about a late discovery!
Comment icon #3 Posted by JGirl on 26 October, 2010, 15:03
very interesting findings! my granddaughter has suffered from athsma her whole life, and has been taking a steroid inhaler. hopefully they will be able to utilize this new information soon, so she can get off the meds she's on now.
Comment icon #4 Posted by The Frederick on 26 October, 2010, 18:46
That might partly explain why people enjoy smoking.
Comment icon #5 Posted by mushrmcloud on 26 October, 2010, 20:56
Some smoke is easier to taste and smell, and one can taste vapors whilst inhaling, which is far healthier and tastier. mmmmmmhm
Comment icon #6 Posted by pallidin on 26 October, 2010, 21:51
Nice! That's really unexpected. Who would have thought? From reading the article, sounds like this may well lead to much better treatments for certain ailments.
Comment icon #7 Posted by dmotwani on 27 October, 2010, 5:40
The human body, hell, life in general, is remarkably complex and intricate. Although there has been much progress since DaVinci used to rob graves for dissection studies, the amount of knowledge is minimal. This is why you hear of doctors "practicing" medicine, and why the pharmaceutical industry banks off of us... We know merely an iota of the mystery. Just because you may be simple doesn't imply that life is simple.
Comment icon #8 Posted by j b on 27 October, 2010, 9:30
kudos to medical research!


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