An amino-acid taste receptor

@article{Nelson2002AnAT,
  title={An amino-acid taste receptor},
  author={Greg Nelson and Jayaram Chandrashekar and Mark A. Hoon and Luxin Feng and Grace Q. Zhao and Nicholas J. P. Ryba and Charles S Zuker},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2002},
  volume={416},
  pages={199-202}
}
The sense of taste provides animals with valuable information about the nature and quality of food. Mammals can recognize and respond to a diverse repertoire of chemical entities, including sugars, salts, acids and a wide range of toxic substances. Several amino acids taste sweet or delicious (umami) to humans, and are attractive to rodents and other animals. This is noteworthy because l-amino acids function as the building blocks of proteins, as biosynthetic precursors of many biologically… 

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