The Genetics of Taste Lab

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Summary:

Today we did a lab called “The Genetics of Taste.” Students did a taste test that included four different compounds: sodium benzoate, thiourea, phenylthiocarbamide, and a control group. As the taste test went along, students realized that there were certain compounds they could taste and certain compounds they couldn’t. On the other hand, their partners tastes were entirely different. The lesson is that taste is genetic! Your sense of taste is controlled by your taste buds, and the code for building your taste buds is contained in your DNA. After the experiment, the entire class tallied their results on the board. Then students answered the post-lab questions.

Resources:
December 7 – The Genetics of Taste Lab (pg314).docx

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