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  1. Flagella Let Some Bacteria Swim Through Mucus More Easily Than Water

    Researchers think they've learned why some bacteria can swim through gels as easily as we glide through a lake.

    While snot is unpleasant, it's a necessary evil, trapping dust and bacteria before they enter our bodies. Some bacteria, though, are able to swim through mucus even more effectively than water. Now, researchers think they've learned how the specialized flagella these bacteria propel themselves with allow them to move through thick gels with ease.

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  2. Key Ingredient In Mucus Could Fight Hospital Superbugs

    Of all the gross things that the human body can produce -- and let's face it folks, we can get pretty gnarly sometimes -- mucus has to be near the top of the heap. As unpleasant as it may be, though, that gunk does serve an important purpose, trapping bacteria and viruses before they can further infect your body. Now, MIT researchers are exploring the possibility that mucus could have the same disease preventing properties outside of your body, preventing bacteria from forming fortresses called biofilms.

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