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Super Taster Test Kit - Phenylthiourea (PTC), Sodium Benzoate, Thiourea, and Control (No Chemical) - Genetic Taste Testing, Vials of 100

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Brand Name EISCO
Part Number HBAR10005
Number of Items 1
UNSPSC Code 41115603

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Product Features

  • PTC only has a taste to 7 out of 10 people
  • Thiourea may have taste if you can taste PTC
  • Different genes determine if you can taste sodium benzoate. If it tastes salty, bitter, or sweet to you, then you have the dominant gene (S-). If you don't taste anything, you are recessive (ss).
  • Perfect for a demonstration of genetics and heredity
  • Sample activity available for download (see links below)

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  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00BEZ5KJQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,024 in Industrial & Scientific (See Top 100 in Industrial & Scientific)
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Product Description

Super Taster Test Kit - Phenylthiourea (PTC), Sodium Benzoate, Thiourea, and Control (No Chemical) - Genetic Taste Testing, Vials of 100

(1) Vial of 100 PTC Test Strips, (1) Vial of 100 Sodium Benzoate Test Strips, (1) Vial of 100 Thiourea Test Strips, (1) Vial of 100 Control (No Chemical) Test Strips

This genetic taste testing kit contains 3 different tests to determine whether someone is a supertaster. It can be used to demonstrate the effects of heredity on taste. Included on this listing is a sample activity for the test kit.

Links to the activity pages:
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Page 2: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/710X8QILZVL._AA1500_.jpg

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bailey S. on January 2, 2014
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I'll start off with the other reviews. They complain that there were only the 4 vials included with no worksheets. That is correct, but the links to the worksheets are right here on the product page, so either they didn't look at that, or it was put on the page later on.

The actual products work great, but it might be a good idea to neutralize the taste from your mouth from the P.T.C. paper, if you can taste it, before you try other sheets. It was very strong to me, so I wasn't sure if I was tasting residual or not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Fassler on September 25, 2013
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I purchased this super taster kit for use in my biology class. I got the four vials of test strips but the associated worksheets and documents were not included and it has been a challenge finding them online in a format that can be easily used in the classroom. Including the related activities would be help, as that is part of what I thought I was ordering.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ICthree on August 22, 2013
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This is a great little test to do when family members come to visit. Then we can compare and talk about genes. It came quickly, and it all is as described.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By palimpsest on December 2, 2013
Was excited to buy a super taster kit after reading Mary Roach's 'Gulp'.

Was disappointed, and rather confused, when only four esoterically marked vials arrived and nothing else. There were no activity sheets as advertised. Once I found the information sheets online I was further angered by the fact there is barely any information on what I just bought. This is strictly just a test, not an education tool.

Further more, there is no excuse for the egregious typo on the activity sheet. If you're going to charge $20 for paper at least spell check your instructions... if your customers can find them that is! This product might be perfectly safe and well executed, but the unprofessional labeling and manner in which it's presented makes me doubt the credibility of the item.

That said, it's fun to take the test with others and see who is a super taster, but I fear I've paid too much for a poorly crafted product.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Smale on August 12, 2014
No instructions. All links to instructions do not work for me. Not only annoying, but a no go since too much PTC can damage the thyroid.
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By Sylvia on November 9, 2014
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Used these with a class of students doing a lesson on their sense of taste. I can't taste any of the strips myself--guess I'm not a supertaster!--but some students reported distinct bitter flavors on each of the three test chemicals. The results were repeatable, so I'd say they worked. :)

There are a lot of strips in here, so if you're just trying to find out if you're a supertaster, perhaps choose some other option. This is really useful for testing a lot of people.

The addition of the control strips was really nice: an excellent opportunity to discuss appropriate experimental design with my class.
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By Jennifer on June 7, 2014
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My middle schools loved this lesson on genetics. I would definitely purchase this item again and recommend it to others.
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