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2009-11-05 09:28:45

Research team uncovers how the bacterium that causes ulcers travels through the sticky gels of stomach mucus Mucus is more than gross--it's a critical barrier against disease, trapping many of the germs that want to invade your body. A wet mesh of proteins, antiseptic enzymes and salts, mucus is what keeps all but a few microbes from wreaking havoc on many of our most exposed tissues. Helicobacter pylori is one of the few. The tiny, corkscrew-shaped microbe bores through the mucus that lines...


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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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