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Are Picky Eaters Born or Made?

Genes play a role in taste perception. But there’s a lot more to the story.

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RRoughly a century ago, two researchers were working together in a DuPont chemical lab when one of them, Arthur L. Fox, spilled a bit of harmless phenylthiocarbamide dust. His colleague complained of the bitter taste in the air, but Fox tasted…

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Markham Heid

Markham Heid

I write about health, science, and psychology. My work has appeared in Time magazine, the New York Times, Vice, and elsewhere. I live in Germany.

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