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gustatory neuron types

categories into which taste neurons of the peripheral and central nervous system can be grouped according to their sensitivities to primary taste qualities. About 40% of the taste neurons in primates are most responsive to sweet stimuli, 35% to those that are salty, 20% to bitter chemicals, and 5% to acids. Therefore, some 75% of neurons are devoted to detecting nutrients and 25% to avoiding toxins.

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