Thursday, March 03, 2005

Now if they can just locate that "other" hate gene...

"Germans Discover the Cabbage-hating Gene

2 March 2005

POTSDAM - German researchers have located a gene that makes some people loathe cabbage and spinach in all their forms, and discovered that the same gene often protects people from obesity.

The German Institute for Food Research in Potsdam near Berlin said the gene makes some people extraordinarily sensitive to the bitter substances phenylthiocarbamid (PTC) and propylthiouracil (PROP). Most people swallow those substances with a smile.

The scientists, led by Wolfgang Meyerhof, investigated how the gene affects human taste receptor hTAS2R38. People who cannot taste PTC and PROP tended to eat fattier foods and become overweight, so a
single gene ends up having a huge effect on eating behaviour.

The institute said the research was being published in the journal Current Biology.

-DPA

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