DNA map shows pandas may lack meat taste buds

In this photo supplied by Adelaide Zoo, Australia's Governor General Quentin Bryce observes male giant panda Wang Wang after the official opening of the panda exhibit at the Adelaide Zoo, Australia, on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009. Two giant pandas are on loan to the zoo for 10 years, and officials hope they will breed. (AP Photo/Adelaide Zoo, Bryan Charton) (AP Photo/Adelaide Zoo, Bryan Charton)

December 14, 2009 8:17:12 AM PST
Genome mapping showing that pandas may prefer a bamboo-based diet because they can't taste meat could unlock secrets to ensuring the survival of the endangered species.