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Spit camp teaches how to study saliva
Want to learn how to spit—and the science behind it? Then Spit Camp's the place for you.

Outliers: It's not too early to start making summer camp plans


By Modern Healthcare
Posted: December 22, 2012 - 12:01 am ET
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Forget your healthcare congress, annual national institute or conference and exhibition—Spit Camp is a healthcare gathering that Outliers can really get behind.

While visions of such sessions as Saliva in Society, an Introduction to Loogies and the Dynamics of Drool were quickly dashed, Spit Camp includes lessons that may not leave a bad taste in your mouth, depending on your level of interest in spit.

One can learn how to properly collect saliva—it's more than a matter of spitting in a can—and understand when is the best time to collect spit depending on which spit ingredient, called an analyte, is being analyzed. Some analytes show up in spit over the course of the day, so spit collection will have to account for that, says Chris Schwartz, marketing coordinator for Salimetrics, the spit analysis company mainly behind the spit camps. (Schwartz also reassured Outliers that the camps indeed are real.)

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The spit camps also would be an ideal way to network and swap spit collection stories with like-minded spit researchers, one can assume.

For continued information on spit, check out Salimetrics' free newsletter, The Spit Report.


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