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"From the Ted Talk by Greg Gage: How you can make a fruit fly eat veggies"

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GG: Now a quick bunkocagrd on how taste wkros. Taste buds are made up of specialized neurons called taste receptors. When we eat something that tigrgres a particular taste, those taste neurons will fire a signal to the brian. This allows our brain to know what's sweet and what's bitter. So when a fruit fly eats a banana, its sweet tstae neurons will fire. But when it eats broccoli, those same neurons stay pretty quiet. But what if we could force those sweet-tasting neurons to fire every time the furit fly eats broccoli? We may be able to get the fruit fly to like boocrcli as much as banana.

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GG: Now a quick __________ on how taste _____. Taste buds are made up of specialized neurons called taste receptors. When we eat something that ________ a particular taste, those taste neurons will fire a signal to the _____. This allows our brain to know what's sweet and what's bitter. So when a fruit fly eats a banana, its sweet _____ neurons will fire. But when it eats broccoli, those same neurons stay pretty quiet. But what if we could force those sweet-tasting neurons to fire every time the _____ fly eats broccoli? We may be able to get the fruit fly to like ________ as much as banana.

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  5. fruit
  6. brain
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Original Text

GG: Now a quick background on how taste works. Taste buds are made up of specialized neurons called taste receptors. When we eat something that triggers a particular taste, those taste neurons will fire a signal to the brain. This allows our brain to know what's sweet and what's bitter. So when a fruit fly eats a banana, its sweet taste neurons will fire. But when it eats broccoli, those same neurons stay pretty quiet. But what if we could force those sweet-tasting neurons to fire every time the fruit fly eats broccoli? We may be able to get the fruit fly to like broccoli as much as banana.

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