A genetic variant near olfactory receptor genes influences cilantro preference

  title={A genetic variant near olfactory receptor genes influences cilantro preference},
  author={Nicholas Eriksson and Shirley Wu and Chuong B. Do and Amy K. Kiefer and Joyce Y. Tung and Joanna L. Mountain and David A. Hinds and Uta Francke},
BackgroundThe leaves of the Coriandrum sativum plant, known as cilantro or coriander, are widely used in many cuisines around the world. However, far from being a benign culinary herb, cilantro can be polarizing—many people love it while others claim that it tastes or smells foul, often like soap or dirt. This soapy or pungent aroma is largely attributed to several aldehydes present in cilantro. Cilantro preference is suspected to have a genetic component, yet to date nothing is known about… 

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