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In the late 1800s, Europe was gripped by 'gorilla fever'. Were these beasts man's closest relative in the animal kingdom? Getting a gorilla to Europe was a rare event, and in 1876 Nature heralds the arrival of a young specimen. Source: nature.com
Humans have five basic tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami - a savory taste. At the Nordic Food Lab, Copenhagen, researchers are experimenting with new combinations of tastes, creating such delights as seaweed icecream. Kerri Smith meets Head of Research, Lars Williams, and biophysicist Ole Mouritsen, to chew over the science of taste.