Podcast: How Do Animal Taste Buds Work?

by Robert Meyers

September 6, 2016

Check out episode 25 of Completely Optional Knowledge, the podcast that answers questions you never knew you had. Some things in life are #CompletelyOptional — satisfying your curiosity doesn’t have to be one of them.

By LisaSympson - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0. https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19938696

Dallas College Professor Patrick Moore, thinks that his dog doesn’t have taste buds, otherwise it wouldn’t eat some of things he’s seen Abbey scarf down. So he asks, “How do Animal Taste Buds Work?”

Danielle Reed, Associate Director of the Monell Chemical Senses Center, posits that there is a chemical reaction in the mouth of dogs and cats that determine whether they like sweaty socks or can enjoy the sweetness of a Diet Coke.   

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By Robert Meyers

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