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Saskatchewan professor wants to test the health benefits of nose-picking


 

SASKATOON – If you don’t like gross things, this story is snot for you.

An associate professor of biochemistry at the University of Saskatchewan is trying to get more students interested in science by looking at the health benefits of picking your nose and eating it.

Scott Napper says nature pushes us to do different things because it is to our advantage to have certain behaviours, to consume different types of foods.

Napper says mucous traps germs and stops them from getting into our body, but if we consume that mucous, it could help train our immune system by exposing it to the germs.

So he says when children have the urge to pick their nose and eat it, parents shouldn’t get upset.

Napper says he hopes to conduct a study where some type of molecule is inserted in people’s noses and then half the participants pick their nose and eat it and the other half don’t.

“I think the challenge would be getting volunteers to participate in this experiment,” he says with a laugh. “Especially if you didn’t know which group you were going to fall into.”

Napper also says making science more humorous and fun keeps students interested and engaged.

“I don’t try to convert them all to biochemistry. My goal is always if I can teach you one thing that you’re going to tell somebody else about outside the scope of this class, then I’ve prompted you to think a little bit, to question these things and I think with this example, it probably succeeded in that.”

Napper has two young daughters and says the idea of letting them pick their noses, even if in the name of science, didn’t go over well with his wife.

“Yeah, she’s of a different opinion,” he says. “She’s more towards training them to be little ladies.”


 
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Saskatchewan professor wants to test the health benefits of nose-picking

  1. The NDP would probably fund it if they were in power…….. and Trudeau would probably get to the root of the benefits of picking……………….

  2. Certainly is a handy snack

  3. Well we all know there are endless supplies of taxpayers cash to pay for such studies! It’s not like we need to research anything important. I m so glad this highly educated man is putting his skills to such good use instead of wasting his time finding a cure for something like type 1 diabetes, cancer, HIV, ect…….

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