Citizen Scientists Help Unravel the Genetics of Taste

Citizen scientists help make discoveries about how genetics may shape the way we taste food. 

by Kristin Butler

Turkey or ham? Stuffing or mashed potatoes? Pumpkin or apple pie?

As I prepared for Thanksgiving this year, I reflected on all the culinary choices this feasting day offers and wondered why people who share a culture, a community, or a family have such diverse preferences when it comes to their favorite holiday foods.

Maybe it’s genetics?

Researchers at the Denv

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