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A Better Mesh: Researchers 'Tighten' Body's Protective Coating
February 5, 2009
Fibers in the mucus coatings of the eyes, lungs, stomach and reproductive system naturally bundle together and allow the tiniest disease-causing bugs, allergens or pollutants to slip by. But researchers have discovered how to shrink the holes in the mucus layer's "netting" so that it keeps out more unwanted particles.
Johns Hopkins University
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