Yvonne Carts-Powell

Pork Bellies for Future Health!

In hilarious, Science on April 25, 2012 at 12:05 pm

The snot in pork bellies could soon keep you from catching a virus. The mucus traps disease-causing microbes, ranging from the flu to HPV before they can cause infection. A paper by MIT researchers, published by the American Chemical Society’s journal “Biomacromolecules”, describes how the mucus lining the stomachs of pigs could be a long-sought abundant source of “mucins” being considered for use as broad-spectrum anti-viral agents to supplement baby formula and for use in personal hygiene and other consumer products to protect against a range of viral infections.

The abstract of the paper is here: Mucin biopolymers as broad-spectrum antiviral agents – Biomacromolecules (ACS Publications).

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