The human tongue is an essential component of our daily lives. After all, we wouldn’t be able to eat, taste, talk, sip, swallow, or even spit with the same level of precision as we do now without this organ. Despite this, our mouth’s main muscle remains somewhat of a mystery to scientists. Only recently have researchers begun to understand that there’s a whole ecosystem of bacteria—known as a microbiome—that call our mouths home. Now, researchers have been able to photograph this teeming microscopic community in more detail than ever before.
Continue reading This photo confirms that your tongue is basically a microbe party
Everybody has seen the tongue map – that little diagram of the tongue with different sections neatly cordoned off for different taste receptors. Sweet in the front, salty and sour on the sides and bitter at the back.
Continue reading The Map of Tastes on Your Tongue You Learned at School Is All Wrong