Taste Cells’ Maintenance Outside Human Body Opens Up New Possibilities

Researchers at the Monell Center, Philadelphia have successfully been able to demonstrate that human taste cells can now be preserved outside the body for up to seven months. Earlier it was thought that the activity of the taste cells (which include taste identification and regeneration) in the tongue was entirely defendant on their attachment to the nerves. But the latest research has now revealed that tongue tissues from humans could function even outside the body while maintaining their physiological and molecular properties intact.

Doctors now feel that this possibility of preserving human taste buds outside of the body can help oral cancer patients very much. People who suffer from oral cancer lose the ability to taste owing to the the intense chemotherapy and radiation they undergo. This inability to taste could make them lose their interest in food, eventually causing malnutrition. So, this new technique can now help doctors to test drugs in these patients which will speed up their recovery.

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