One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A crystalline solid which has a bitter taste to people possessing a certain dominant gene and is tasteless to others.
Chemical formula: NH₂CSNHC₆H₅
- ‘Breakthroughs in taste research began in 1931 when Science published the finding that many individuals are unable to taste the compound, phenylthiocarbamide, a relatively bitter compound.’
- ‘The ability to taste, tested using a compound phenylthiocarbamide, is one of the best studied inherited traits in humans.’
- ‘Science separates people into two groups, ‘tasters ‘and ‘nontasters, ‘based on their ability to sense a chemical called phenylthiocarbamide.’’
- ‘For decades, taste researchers have used a chemical called phenylthiocarbamide to assay a person's capability to sense a bitter taste.’
- ‘Part of taste in humans is genetically controlled and it is a well-known phenomena to find individuals who are unable to taste phenylthiocarbamide.’
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