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The air is filled with pollen, and hay fever is rife again. Eyes are running and there's lots of sneezing. But resourceful Japanese researchers may have found a natural remedy. They say that 30 minutes of kissing can reduce the body's allergic reaction to pollen. In 24 study participants, blood histamine concentrations fell significantly after they spent half an hour kissing their partners while listening to soft music. When they repeated the experiment but were only allowed to cuddle, the drop was not seen. Kissing selectively decreased allergen specific histamine production (Journal of Psychosomatic Research 2006;60: 545-7).
Getting genetic material inside living cells without damaging either is not easy. Electric fields can exert a push, but the cell often dies this way. A short burst of sound might be better, some inventors think. They placed blood cells in