Simple Spit Test Could Diagnose Concussions
Simple Spit Test Could Diagnose Concussions
A noninvasive saliva test accurately identified concussions in a study of hundreds of rugby players.
Simple Spit Test Could Diagnose Concussions
Simple Spit Test Could Diagnose Concussions

A noninvasive saliva test accurately identified concussions in a study of hundreds of rugby players.

A noninvasive saliva test accurately identified concussions in a study of hundreds of rugby players.

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Andrew Brooks, Designer of COVID-19 Saliva Test, Dies at 51
Andrew Brooks, Designer of COVID-19 Saliva Test, Dies at 51
Amanda Heidt | Feb 2, 2021
The Rutgers University researcher created the first FDA-authorized spit test, which has since been used by millions of people.
Scientists Question Discovery of New Human Salivary Gland
Scientists Question Discovery of New Human Salivary Gland
Diana Kwon | Jan 12, 2021
A widely publicized paper has drawn scrutiny from physicians and anatomists about the authors’ claims regarding so-called tubarial glands.  
Scientists Discover New Human Salivary Glands
Scientists Discover New Human Salivary Glands
Diana Kwon | Oct 21, 2020
The findings may have implications for radiotherapy, a cancer treatment that can cause damage to salivary glands and leave lasting complications.
COVID-19 Diagnostics: How Do Saliva Tests Compare to Swabs?
COVID-19 Diagnostics: How Do Saliva Tests Compare to Swabs?
Amanda Heidt | Oct 9, 2020
From hospitals and college campuses to remote villages in French Guiana, scientists have pit the two approaches against one other. See which one comes out ahead.
U of Illinois Returns to School with 20,000 Saliva Tests Per Day
U of Illinois Returns to School with 20,000 Saliva Tests Per Day
Emma Yasinski | Aug 28, 2020
The school requires each student, faculty, and staff member to be tested twice per week and sends the results straight to their cell phones.
The Push to Deploy At-Home Antigen Tests for COVID-19
The Push to Deploy At-Home Antigen Tests for COVID-19
Chris Baraniuk | Aug 17, 2020
These rapid tests could allow people to find out quickly and easily if they have the disease—if they get regulatory approval for the consumer market.
FDA Approves New Saliva-Based COVID-19 Test
FDA Approves New Saliva-Based COVID-19 Test
Amanda Heidt | Aug 17, 2020
SalivaDirect, an open-source protocol, avoids many of the supply bottlenecks of other tools and could be offered for as little as $10 a test.
Simple Tool Evaluates Mask Performance at Blocking Droplets
Simple Tool Evaluates Mask Performance at Blocking Droplets
Amanda Heidt | Aug 12, 2020
A proof-of-concept study finds some commonly used facial coverings may perform worse than no mask at all.
Saliva Tests: How They Work and What They Bring to COVID-19
Saliva Tests: How They Work and What They Bring to COVID-19
Amanda Heidt | Jul 9, 2020
Universities and healthcare facilities are planning to use spit tests to conduct large-scale screening.
Image of the Day: Mouth Parts
Image of the Day: Mouth Parts
The Scientist Staff | Sep 22, 2017
A high-resolution microscope reveals the intricate inner structure of the blood-sucking tsetse fly’s saliva tube. 
Biosensing Chewing Gum for Oral Disease Detection: Study
Biosensing Chewing Gum for Oral Disease Detection: Study
Aggie Mika | Aug 16, 2017
The sensor is meant to trigger a bitter taste in the presence of inflammation-related enzymes. 
Chameleons Catch Prey with Sticky Spit
Chameleons Catch Prey with Sticky Spit
Alison F. Takemura | Jun 22, 2016
The lizard’s saliva is thick enough to drag a cricket to its alimentary demise, scientists show.
Tools for Drools
Tools for Drools
Kelly Rae Chi | Jul 1, 2015
A general guide to collecting and processing saliva
Spit test predicts age
Megan Scudellari | Jun 23, 2011
Scientists accurately determine age based on DNA methylation patterns from saliva samples.