23andMe researchers have identified two genetic variants associated with aversion to cilantro in people of European ancestry.
These two variants are near genes that control the olfactory receptors that determine a person’s sense of smell.
23andMe recently added to its growing list of more than two-dozen Trait Reports. Together, they help illustrate how our genetics influence more than just physical traits like the thickness of our hair, but also food preferences or certain behavioral traits.Read More
It isn’t just our political persuasions that divide us but our cilantro affiliations too. And it turns out that whether we like the herb or hate it has something to...Read More
For some people, dining out can be a minefield for the tastebuds, and cilantro is often the culprit. Why do some people love cilantro, while others hate it with every fiber of their being? We put the cilantro taste question to about 50,000 23andMe customers, asking whether they liked the taste of cilantro and whether they thought cilantro had a soapy taste. When we compared the DNA of the cilantro haters to the DNA of cilantro lovers, we found a genetic variation associated with the trait.Read More