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Ingredients of hagfish slime revealed

But knowing the recipe only deepens the puzzle

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12:29pm, March 12, 2010

Scientists have now figured out the recipe for what might be the most repulsive slime this side of a movie screen; the goo released by annoyed hagfish. Too bad knowing the recipe isn’t enough to control the stuff.  

When seized by a predator, or even just    agitated, the Atlantic hagfish and its relatives release an odd substance that instantly reacts with seawater to become a huge slippery mass of goo. A hagfish can bloop out a liter or so in less than a second, says marine biologist Douglas Fudge of the University of Guelph in Canada.

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