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Tree shrew tolerance for spicy foods unlocked by researchers

20:00 EDT 12 Jul 2018 | AAAS

(Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters) Researchers accidentally observed tree shrews directly and actively consuming chili peppers, despite the deep geographic isolation between the animal and the food. To understand this tolerance for spicy food, they performed genomic and functional analyses on the tree shrew and its TRPV1.

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