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Why cats don't go for sweet foods [Aug. 7th, 2005|07:31 pm]
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Now, scientists have discovered why cats prefer dining on meat and fish - they cannot detect sugary foods due to a defect in a key taste receptor gene.

Fascinating. I wonder if I have a defect in my taste receptor gene, and that's I haven't a sweet tooth, either? Or...maybe I'm a cat. Heh.

Thanks to zahzeh for this article.

[User Picture]From: vapourtrail
2005-08-08 12:44 am (UTC)
i think you are a cat. for sure.
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From: orsonzilla
2005-08-08 01:34 am (UTC)


But if all cats are like that, why are they calling it a defect rather than a characteristic?

That's like saying females are "Y chromosome defficient". Hello?

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[User Picture]From: spoothbrush
2005-08-08 03:58 am (UTC)

Re: Interesting...

well, if all cats are like that, but all other mammals can taste "sweet", that would suggest that while it's a characteristic of that species (or genus) but that it resulted from a defect in one of the ancestral proto-cats that wasn't present in other earlier mammalian species. it's kind of like saying that humans have a defect in that they don't grow fur all over their bodies (we, our): it may be a bug, it may be a feature, but at root it's a mutation. :P

The next question is, why? and was this linked with anything useful for cats?
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From: orsonzilla
2005-08-08 11:35 am (UTC)

Re: Interesting...

Mutation , variant, different setting is ok. But "defect" attributes a negative spin to it.

What's next? genetic engineering to correct the defect and create a race of cats that gathers honey?

maybe my new kitty can't taste "sweet" but he can sure dish it out.
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[User Picture]From: simonbillenness
2005-08-08 03:47 am (UTC)
My old cat used to love eating chocolate. Maybe it was the milk?
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