Oct 7, 2023

Scientists unlock the secrets of a sixth basic flavor

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Japanese scientist Kikunae Ikeda first proposed umami as a basic taste—in addition to sweet, sour, salty and bitter—in the early 1900s. About eight decades later, the scientific community officially agreed with him.

Now, scientists led by researchers at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences have evidence of a sixth basic .

In research published in Nature Communications, USC Dornsife neuroscientist Emily Liman and her team found that the tongue responds to through the same that signals sour taste.

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