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    Duke University Medical Center scientists, working with colleagues in Norway, found that about 70 percent of people have two functional copies of a gene linked to an odor receptor that detects a compound in male mammals called androstenone, which is common in pork. People with one or no functional copies of the gene can tolerate the scent of androstenone much better than those with two, the researchers said.
    Hiroaki Matsunami, Ph.D., a Duke associate professor of molecular genetics and microbiology, had previously discovered and described the genetics of the odor receptor for androstenone (OR7D4). But it wasn't until a group of pork scientists in Norway contacted him that he launched an experiment to learn more precisely at a genetic level how humans perceive the smell of meat.
    The Norwegian team had practical reasons for the study: It was concerned what might happen in Europe if a castration method for swine were outlawed. Currently, female pork meat and castrated male pork meat are sold in Europe. The researchers were curious how consumers might respond to meat from noncastrated males.
    The level of androstenone in noncastrated pigs ranges up to 6.4 ppm. In Norway the level of androstenone in immunocastrated (using hormones) pigs is from 0.1 to 0.2 ppm, and in surgically castrated pigs the rate approaches zero.
    The findings raise the possibility that more consumers will dislike meat if castration is banned and more meat from noncastrated animals is sold, Matsunami said.
    The study was published May 2 online in the PLoS ONE open-access journal.
    A total of 23 subjects were recruited: 13 consumers and 10 professional sensory assessors. When all of the subjects were divided into sensitive and insensitive cohorts according to a smell test that was previously devised, all of the androstenone-sensitive subjects had the RT/RT genotype, with two copies of the functional RT gene.
    "I was surprised at how cleanly this experiment showed who smelled what," Matsunami said. "The results showed that people with two copies of the functional variant of the gene for that odor receptor thought that the meat smelled worse with higher levels of androstenone added."

    For the experiment, the researchers added only biological levels of androstenone to existing pork meat, up to the limit of what might be found in male wild boars.
    Matsunami said it would be fascinating to see results done on certain populations, including people in the Middle East, where pork has been omitted from diets for centuries.
    "I would also like to know about odor receptor variants in indigenous populations, such as people who live near the Arctic Circle and who never eat these meats. What is their genotype?" Matsunami said. Vegetarians as a group may also have a genetic predisposition against the smell of meat, but all of these ideas need to be scientifically studied, he said.
    Matsunami also speculated whether meat inspectors with both copies of the functional variant, who presumably would be more sensitive to higher levels of androstenone, might make different decisions in their jobs.
    The availability of the humane genome has given us the tools for revising sensory and consumer science involving flavor perception, said co-author professor Bjørg Egelandsdal of the Institute of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science at the University of Life Science, in Ås, Norway. "This could be very useful in product development, to learn which flavor sensors are correlated with which flavors. More research is needed, but we may be able to revise the way we recruit consumer groups for evaluating product development."
    Another practical solution for meat producers would be to find other compounds that are safe to ingest, but that might block the androstenone receptors to reduce that scent in meat.
    http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-0...oses-meat.html
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    Dennab
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    I put my nose down into the meat and then I eat it because I love it.
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    I fucking love cow.

    Edited:

    In case you couldn't tell.

    Edited:

    And by "cow" I mean "cow meat". And by "cow meat", I mean good ol' beef.


       What's with the gaybow?   


    SERIOUSLY,   what the fuck is with the gaybows? How is my post even remotely gay?   

    Edited:

    Alright. I like beef. We'll just leave it at that.
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    I put my nose down into the meat and then I eat it because I love it.
    I put my nose down into my meat and snort it
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    October 2010
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    A gene unfit for existing in the gene pool. Omnivores are clearly more adapted than Herbavores
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    Dennab
    February 2012
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    A gene unfit for existing in the gene pool. Omnivores are clearly more adapted than Herbavores
    Untermunch
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    June 2011
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    ~eating meat is cruel~
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    Dennab
    January 2006
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    mmmm



    MMMM



    mmmmm oh yum
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  9. Post #9
    I.

    fucking.

    LOVE.

    MEAT.
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    December 2006
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    I think this is just for pork, not meat. Also this makes sense for my aunt, she doesn't like pork, and loves anime and drawn men, but doesn't like real guys. So, maybe it all just comes down to smell?
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    What's brevity?
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    Sounds like a detrimental mutation; one that would be purged from our midst by natural selection in the Old Times. Pity its been allowed to circulate and sire a bunch of people who don't like meat, and thus don't get the vital proteins and credibility that comes from consuming the flesh of beasts.

    Same thing likely applies to the mutation whereby most humans can't digest raw meat for some reason, although maybe that's for the best since cooked meat is damn tasty, likely moreso than unprepared meat.
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    Memento audere semper- audaces fortuna iuvat.
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    So now if I hate on vegetarian I'm racist?
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    For some weird psychological reason I must puke when I eat normal bread, but not when eating other bread based stuff like sandwiches, croissants and toasties.

    what

    It just came to my mind when reading the article
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    Yet if you can't stand the taste of vegetables you're just a fussy child who needs to grow up.
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    I fucking love cow.

    Edited:

    In case you couldn't tell.

    Edited:

    And by "cow" I mean "cow meat". And by "cow meat", I mean good ol' beef.


       What's with the gaybow?   


    SERIOUSLY,   what the fuck is with the gaybows? How is my post even remotely gay?   

    Edited:

    Alright. I like beef. We'll just leave it at that.
    Post of the Year 2012?
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    I'm hungry now.
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    Get him a glass of meat, will ya Stimpy?
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    Yet if you can't stand the taste of vegetables you're just a fussy child who needs to grow up.
    My parents made me drink those godawful V8 drinks instead of having vegetables.
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    Muslims are doomed. You haven't lived until you've had quality fried pork.

    And on herbivores... not hating on them, but it does seem silly. But I do hate how they hate on us omnivores. "The meat industry pollutes so much of the Earth each year!". Bitch please... the increasing amounts of arable and fertile land required to grow your fruits and veggies is stripping the Earth of forests and animals of their homes.
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    In other news, scientists discovered genes that may explain why some people are gay.

    Edited:

    Muslims are doomed. You haven't lived until you've had quality fried pork.

    And on herbivores... not hating on them, but it does seem silly. But I do hate how they hate on us omnivores. "The meat industry pollutes so much of the Earth each year!". Bitch please... the increasing amounts of arable and fertile land required to grow your fruits and veggies is stripping the Earth of forests and animals of their homes.

    Actually, iirc it takes some 11 kg of crops to raise 1 kg of meat, so if we stopped using so much land to inefficiently raise less food, we wouldn't need to strip the earth of forests.

    But then we wouldn't have as much meat.
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  22. Post #22
    I once worked at a sperm bank, the food was terrible
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    April 2011
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    As a meat based product I agree with this study. Facing discrimination from those with their nose ups just for being who I am.
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    In other news, scientists discovered genes that may explain why some people are gay.

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    Actually, iirc it takes some 11 kg of crops to raise 1 kg of meat, so if we stopped using so much land to inefficiently raise less food, we wouldn't need to strip the earth of forests.

    But then we wouldn't have as much meat.
    Fuck that I want meat.






    A lot of meat
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    A gene unfit for existing in the gene pool. Omnivores are clearly more adapted than Herbavores
    Really? Okay, give me five pieces of evidence that I cannot disprove and I'll believe you.

    Edited:

    Sounds like a detrimental mutation; one that would be purged from our midst by natural selection in the Old Times. Pity its been allowed to circulate and sire a bunch of people who don't like meat, and thus don't get the vital proteins and credibility that comes from consuming the flesh of beasts.

    Same thing likely applies to the mutation whereby most humans can't digest raw meat for some reason, although maybe that's for the best since cooked meat is damn tasty, likely moreso than unprepared meat.
    Wrong, all proteins obtained from meat can and are obtained from plants or dairy.

    Edited:

    Just for clarification, though, I'm not a vegetarian. I'm just clearing up any misinformation people have about vegetarianism.
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    September 2010
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    Best way to eat meat:
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    April 2011
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    i like meat being inside me.
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    Just a Homestuck OC with a massive dick
    Irockz's Avatar
    April 2011
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    I'm vegetarian.

    Edited:

    i like meat being inside me.
    Bow Chicka Bow Wow.

  28. Post #28
    So can I make sure my future children not be vegetarians

  29. Post #29
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    August 2007
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    I see your falafel, and raise you one shawarma

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    March 2011
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    Never understood Facepunch's vehement hatred for vegetarianism.
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    December 2006
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    Never understood Facepunch's vehement hatred for vegetarianism.
    It's not vegetarianism, it's the PETA type of people that are all "meat is murder, slavery, and the equivalent of rape" then regular vegetarians get grouped with those types of people and it causes a shitstorm
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    August 2007
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    Never understood Facepunch's vehement hatred for vegetarianism.
    Facepunch doesn't have a vehement hatred for vegetarianism, or anything for that matter. Facepunch just hates when anything is poisoned with extremism.
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    March 2010
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    Its the pretencious vegetarians that get on my nerves.

    Little do they know that meat is what caused our brains to develop faster than our primate cousins.

  34. Post #34
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    Dennab
    January 2006
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    Little do they know that meat is what caused our brains to develop faster than our primate cousins.
    wow that's a wild assumption.
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    :drool:

  36. Post #36
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    October 2007
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    I enjoy meat very much, but I'm still worried that things aren't as they should be. Some sort of regulation should be in place. In all honesty, everyone should eat just a bit less meat.

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    In my opinion.

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    April 2007
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    I enjoy meat very much, but I'm still worried that things aren't as they should be. Some sort of regulation should be in place. In all honesty, everyone should eat just a bit less meat.

    Edited:

    In my opinion.
    Looking at the eating habits of various nations (USA vs. Nigeria), it'd do more good if the total amount of consumed meat was redistributed, not have everyone eat less (many people don't even get any). Just sayin'.