Since their commercialisation 3 years ago, these assays have been adopted around the world by major pharma biotech companies and leading research institutions for drug discovery, translational research, and the development of medical and companion diagnostic assessments. And Lucille A. Carver University of Medicine. The results may help explain why harmed lungs are susceptible to further damage. The study, published online July 23 in Science Express, implies that receptors for bitter compounds that are located in taste buds on the tongue are also found in hair-like protrusions on airway cells.