The PTC test is well known to the point of annoyance. Practically, every biological anthropology class I ever had mentioned it, as did a number of the cultural anthropology. A new article in Biology Letters – requires a subscription puts a new spin on the question.
The research looked at ancient DNA belonging to the El Sidrón 1253 Neandertal. It has been know for a couple of years that chimps share the tasting ability and the current research indicates that Neandertals share the ability as well.
If someone with access could send me a copy of the article I would appreciate it. Also, if you could send this one as well?