Tuesday, August 08, 2006

This one should really have your ear (pun intended). Dylan Stiles casually combs his ear one boring evening at his lab, analyses whatever has come out, and after some astute chemical analysis, concludes that the entire cholesterol synthesis pathway in our body is being played out in his auditory apparatus. Behold the wonder that is earwax. Yucky but eminently interesting and readable. Stiles surely deserves an Ig Nobel prize.

Incidentally, the world's best selling drug, Lipitor, targets and blocks an enzyme called HMG-coenzyme A reductase in the cholesterol synthesis pathway in our body. I hereby lay claim to a patent on the drug as an earwax reducer for fashion and beauty conscious men and women.

Recall that most cholesterol in our body is synthesized and much less comes from our diet. Swab your ears more frequently now, get rid of excess cholesterol. Or send it to Stiles as a trophy for his waxbum (wax album)


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