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Post by ewokgod » Tue May 31, 2005 9:46 am

mithrilhack : "I really don't think there's any practical applications (in the near future at least) for tasting urine"

well.. according to my professor, people in the old days use to taste urine to determine diabetes. mmm.. sweet.

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Post by MrMistery » Wed Jun 01, 2005 7:02 pm

Now we have less tasty methods of doing that! But it is true, when you get diabethes glucose is lost through urine so it would be sweet
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Post by b_d_41501 » Thu Jun 02, 2005 3:46 pm

Wouldn't urine be more sterile than blood? I've talked to some people who have said that urine is sterile whereas blood would not be considered so. (Yes I know blood is filtered and such)
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Post by canalon » Thu Jun 02, 2005 3:57 pm

b_d_41501 wrote:Wouldn't urine be more sterile than blood? I've talked to some people who have said that urine is sterile whereas blood would not be considered so. (Yes I know blood is filtered and such)


I don't know for blood, but urine is sterile. Except in case of urinary tract infection, where it could become teaming with bacterial life... But It doesn't stay so very long. It is indeed a rich culture medium for some bacteria (not all of them can multiply in urine, but many strains of E. coli do) . So better drink it rapidly after production... if you really want to drink some, of course :wink:

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Post by b_d_41501 » Thu Jun 02, 2005 8:17 pm

I think i'll get some out of the fridge right now. lol
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Post by Mister Jon » Mon Jun 06, 2005 11:26 am

The only benefit of drinking fresh blood is gaining alot of iron.


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Post by mr bollocks » Mon Jun 13, 2005 9:28 am

would drinking blood make your urine red?

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Post by MrMistery » Mon Jun 13, 2005 7:19 pm

No, because hemoglobin can not pass throught the nephron.

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Post by biostudent84 » Mon Jun 13, 2005 7:37 pm

MrMistery wrote:No, because hemoglobin can not pass throught the nephron.


Actually, it can! It's just that it's inside the eurythrocytes that causes it not to do so. :)

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Post by MrMistery » Mon Jun 13, 2005 8:40 pm

Hmm... Hemoglobine is a protein... which means it has to exit the cell through exocytosis. So why would the cell want to get rid of it?

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Post by biostudent84 » Mon Jun 13, 2005 8:43 pm

MrMistery wrote:Hmm... Hemoglobine is a protein... which means it has to exit the cell through exocytosis. So why would the cell want to get rid of it?


Remember that hemoglobin is a very large protein. Even if it could go through exocytosis, it doesn't have to to perform its function.

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Post by b_d_41501 » Mon Jun 13, 2005 8:45 pm

That is true, I never thought of it that way!!
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