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Re: Has there been a fifth type of 'taste' described?

Area: Chemistry
Posted By: Samuel Conway, Senior Staff Chemist, Avid Therapeutics,Philadelphia, PA
Date: Sat Oct 25 07:43:37 1997
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 875201714.Ch

The article you are looking for is available at

It is an Associate Press article, and describes claims by scientists that Monosodium glutamate (MSG) triggers receptors in our taste buds differently than any other material. I think it is a bit of a stretch to call this a "Fifth" type of taste, but you can read the article yourself and decide. Also, keep in mind that this is a media article, not one taken from a peer-reviewed journal. Your best bet would be to try to track down the original source.

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