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February 19, 2020 - DW

Why humans vomit toxins and rodents just avoid them

Why humans vomit toxins and rodents just avoid them
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When toxins get into our bodies, we vomit. Whether it's a virus, bad food or drink, or drugs, we vomit. It's survival instinct. A natural reflex that rids us of poisons. But not all mammals are so lucky. What do they do?

Toxins in, toxins out. That's how humans like to roll. When the going gets tough, we vomit. It's a survival tactic that sets us apart from other mammalian species, such as rats and mice, who simply can't vomit.

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