How the Sugars In Spit Tame the Body's Unruly Fungi

How the Sugars In Spit Tame the Body’s Unruly Fungi

Katharina Ribbeck’s lab collects mucus—the often-gooey substance present in places like the mouth, gut, reproductive tract, and intestines. While the slimy goop may not be pretty from the get-go, a purification process can brighten it up. “Once you remove particulates and microbes, it’s a beautiful, beautiful clear gel—like egg white,” says Ribbeck, a professor of …

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