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Re: [Something] Supertaster

  • From"Ryan McGuire and Kerry Breitenbach" <kerry_and_ryan@xxxxxxx>
  • DateSun, 3 Aug 2008 08:14:41 -0400
Your initial message on the subject suggested that TT _could_ taste the bitter paper while Tt and tt were lumped together as non-tasters. Given my grade school understanding of dominant genes, I suspected that TT and Tt should be lumped together. However, rather than worrying about the details about who could/couldn't taste the paper, I just went with what you initially said as the basis for the story/urban legend. All I really remember: bitter paper genetics = surprise proof of adoption.

As for my family...
I'm certain that the paper just tasted like paper to me. It was no worse than chewing on a piece of notebook paper. If I recall correctly, my dad also tasted nothing while my mom could taste it. That would suggest that Dad and I are tt, while Mom must be Tt. I don't think we were given enough paper to have siblings participate.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Carol Townsend" <carol.townsend@xxxxxxxxx> To: "General Wunderland.Com Discussion List" <something@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2008 7:50 AM
Subject: Re: [Something] Supertaster

Don't know if the story is true or not, but if you're a Taster, you're TT or
Tt (it's a dominant trait).  So both parents could be Tasters (Tt and Tt)
and she could be a non-taster (tt) and still be their child.

I'm a living example of parents who are dominant in various traits and I'm
recessive - I'm left handed (both parents are right handed), have blue eyes,
am a non-taster, can't roll my tongue, have no widow's peak...etc.

Anyway - it's a good story. How did the genetics work out in your family -
were they all Tasters or all Non-Tasters? :)

On 8/2/08, Ryan McGuire and Kerry Breitenbach <kerry_and_ryan@xxxxxxx>

When we did that gentics experiment, we were supposed to take little pieces
of the paper home and see who else in our family could taste it.  The
teacher told us a story (perhaps urban legend) of a student that found out she was adopted that way. Apparently both her parents could (therefore both TT) and she couldn't (therefore Tt ot tt). Ain't that a fine how-do-you-do?


From: "Carol Townsend" <carol.townsend@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Something] Supertaster

One test for "taster/non-taster" (I'm not sure if it's for what's being
called a "supertaster" or not) is often done in Biology classes during a
genetics unit.  (has anyone else done this?)

Students get a small strip of paper, on which is a susbstance (PTC) that
very bitter to those who can taste it.  Some speculation is that if you
a homozygous for the ability to taste (TT instead of Tt or tt), then it is
more intense bitter taste.  This might be an indication of a

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