Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bitter taste receptors in lungs

According to a recent Time article, a group of researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have discovered bitter taste receptors on human lungs. The interesting part of this find is that when exposed to bitter substances, these receptors resulted in a swift and thorough relaxation of lung muscles that allowed for freer breathing.

The discovery may lead to the development of new medications for asthma patients.

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