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The largest family of taste receptors in insects are the so called “gustatory receptors” (GRs).
We showed these aversive GRs are highly complex and are ionotropic receptors.
The importance of the sense of taste is particularly evident for cancer patients receiving a range of radiation and chemotherapies, as these individuals often experience significant taste loss or dysfunction, and as a result, a significantly diminished quality of life.
In the past decade, understanding of cellular and molecular mechanisms governing taste bud renewal has expanded significantly.
We also addressed the question as to how dietary experience can alter taste preferences.