The very sight of this lacy, green herb can cause some people to scream. The great cilantro debate heats up as scientists start pinpointing cilantrophobe genes. lion heart vintage/Flickr.com hide caption toggle caption lion heart vintage/Flickr.com The Salt Love To Hate Cilantro? It's In Your Genes And Maybe, In Your Head September 14, 2012 From stinky, crushed bugs to fresh citrus aromas, cilantro's flavor profile is a contentious issue. But is our opinion of the herb hard-wired in our genes, or can we learn to enjoy it? Scientists say maybe it's both.