Recently, a study from Singapore published in National Geographic confirmed that turtles urinate via their mouth. Turtles put their head in the water but are not doing for breathing,drinking or any other purpose but urea losses. The investigators found that when studied, 50 times more urea than was present in the mouth discharge was found in the water that turtles were kept in. A special gene was discovered that found a specialized protein that expels urea via mouth.
This is very interesting science and we hope that this will help humans one day and patients on dialysis. Is this gene even exist in humans? Perhaps but not as highly expressed. Would we want to have this gene? Check out the entire article at
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Interesting fact: Turtle urine
Posted by Kenar D Jhaveri( kidney 007) at 6:46 AM
Labels: animal nephrology, basic science, Funny stuff
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