How spit gets its ‘army’ of proteins

A new paper maps out how saliva gets its many proteins. It's a baseline for further investigations into spit as diagnostic fluid.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
Nov. 20, 2020 ~6 min

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Signs of concussion turn up in spit

"Analyzing microRNA profiles in saliva... is a non-invasive way to test for concussion that can't be influenced by a patient's feelings or motives."

Barbara Schindo-Penn State • futurity
Nov. 10, 2020 ~7 min

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Can gargling saltwater replace nasal swab COVID tests?

A new COVID test uses gargling with saltwater instead of a stick up your nose. Researchers say initial results are promising.

Daniel Stolte • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~10 min

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Best test for COVID-19: spit sample or nasal swab?

Researchers make the case for a saliva test for COVID-19, rather than the nasal swabs currently in use.

Michael Greenwood-Yale • futurity
April 27, 2020 ~5 min

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Our spit reflects cooking, farming, and not licking each other

Our cooked, meaty diets and lack of fur appear to have made human saliva quite different from that of close relatives like gorillas.

Marcene Robinson-Buffalo • futurity
Oct. 17, 2019 ~6 min

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You can train yourself to enjoy bitter foods

The more you eat bitter foods, the more you'll change the way they taste to you, which could help you make healthier food choices.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
July 24, 2019 ~5 min

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Our love of starch changed our genes (and our spit)

Mammals with starchy diets—us, dogs, and rats, as opposed to, say, hedgehogs and mountain lions—appear to have adapted, genetically, to stomach more carbs.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
May 15, 2019 ~8 min

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‘Spit test’ detects malaria before symptoms begin

Malaria kills a child every two minutes. A new non-invasive "spit test" could help eradicate it.

Cindy Spence-Florida • futurity
Jan. 4, 2019 ~3 min

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