Hey – Fred ate that and lived to tell the tale

Don Katz discusses the interactions between taste, smell, and learning in a new story on BrandeisNOW.

“Rats learn what food that they like from smelling the breath of other rats,” says Katz, an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience. “A rat will essentially say, ‘Hey – Fred ate that and lived to tell the tale’ so later, when that rat is offered a choice, he will gravitate toward the food that he smelled on the other rat’s breath.”

How to tell what a rat likes: look at his face.

A Taste of Don

Even when we are trying to take a break from lab and chemosensory research on the weekends, it somehow ends up right in our laps. Riding the T we found in one of the ubiquitous discarded papers this article about the science of taste that highlights our own Don Katz, doing his part to mix business and pleasure this week at one of Boston’s premier cocktail destinations:

http://digboston.com/taste/2010/10/science-of-taste/

Yaihara Fortis and Benjamin Rubin


(editor’s note: the fundraiser is on Wed, Oct 27, see http://lupecboston.com/2010/10/14/science-of-taste-seminar/)

New in Pubmed

Have no time to write News and Views, but there are a few new papers from our labs that have recently popped up in Pubmed.

Research quickies

Some of our recent publications (descriptions are mine, not the authors’)

Lau: Finding new insect viruses by sequencing small RNAs (siRNA and piRNA)

Katz Lab: Taste affects smell

Sengupta Lab: Stress early in life causes epigenetic changes in worms

Annual Neuroscience Migration

As usual for this time of year, the Neuroscience labs will clear out as everyone goes to the Society for Neuroscience meeting. Leslie Griffith will be giving a Presidential Special Lecture on Sleep: Studying a Human Behavior in an Insect (Monday, 5:15 pm).

Here’s a list of Brandeis-affiliated posters and presentations.

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