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How Boogers and Mucuous Membranes Work

July 14th, 2008

Episode 1 of 1067 episodes

Mucous contains mostly water and mucin -- a branched polysaccharide. When polysaccharides such as mucin or cornstarch are mixed with water, the result is a sticky substance.

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