Snot and pee and earwax, oh my! Why are we so full of gross substances? What do our fluids do for us? And is there really a chemical to catch people peeing in the pool?
Featuring Erika Engelhaupt, a science writer and editor and author of the new book “Gory Details: Adventures from the Dark Side of Science." Find it here: https://amzn.to/3eUFxdw
Citations and further reading:
- The structure and function of pathogen disgust | Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. (2018)
- Why Are We So Grossed out by Our Own Bodily Fluids? by Danny Gallagher, Dollar Shave Club (2020)
- Hart, G. D. (2001). Descriptions of blood and blood disorders before the advent of laboratory studies. British Journal of Haematology.
- Lum, C. L., Jeyanthi, S., Prepageran, N., Vadivelu, J., & Raman, R. (2008). Antibacterial and antifungal properties of human cerumen. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology.
- Salivary Glands and Saliva by Richard Bowen, VIVO Pathophysiology, Colorado State University
- Yuck! My Snot Is Green: A Look at What Your Mucus Says About Your Health, Penn Medicine (2020)
- Here's what the color of your snot really means by Julia Calderon and Skye Gould, Tech Insider (2016)
- Hodge, B. D., Sanvictores, T., & Brodell, R. T. (2020, October). Anatomy, Skin Sweat Glands. Nih.gov; StatPearls Publishing.
- Curious Kids: why is urine yellow? by Jaquelyne Hughes, The Conversation (2019)
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