phenylthiourea

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phenylthiourea

[¦fen·əl¦thī·ō·yu̇′rē·ə]
(organic chemistry)
C6H5NHCSNH2 A crystalline compound that has either a bitter taste or is tasteless, depending on the heredity of the taster; used in human genetics studies.
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Genetic material sequenced by Italian researchers from the bones of an ancient ancestor who lived 48,000 years ago showed the individual had a gene that caused him or her to shun bitter foods - more precisely foods containing phenylthiocarbamide (PTC).
was synthesizing a compound called phenylthiocarbamide (PTC), when some of it blew into the air.
The chemical in question is phenylthiocarbamide, or PTC.