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Study says taste bud cells may not be coronavirus target

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Amid rising number of coronavirus cases across the world, scientists analysing the oral cells of adult mice, found that a protein which the novel coronavirus uses to enter host tissue is not present in the taste buds. The ACE2 receptor protein, used by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 to enter host tissue, was enriched in cells that give the tongue its rough surface, they couldn't be found in the cells of the taste buds.