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Saturday, September 04, 2021

It’s hard to believe you’d need to improve upon urine. But that’s what Dyna-Tek Industries, a Kansas-based biotech company, does with Surine, a synthetic urine that’s in high demand among drug-testing research circles.

Who knew there was such a big demand for the yellow stuff?

Researchers, drug-testing labs and other institutions buy thousands of gallons of the real stuff, mostly to calibrate the equipment used to test regular urine samples for drugs or other substances. Researchers periodically check the accuracy of their equipment by introducing samples that have been intentionally spiked with chemicals.

But human urine has its limitations.

It’s unstable, decaying rapidly if not kept refrigerated and must be frozen when shipped. It can smell, it foams and donors must be screened carefully for drug use or disease. Also, different body chemistry guarantees that no two people’s urine is exactly alike, an irritation for researchers who rely on consistency…

“I think in the next few years, synthetic urine will replace human urine” in laboratories, said Fred Klaus, purchasing manager for Redwood Toxicology, a Santa Rosa, Calif., drug testing company that tests about 30,000 urine samples a day and is thinking about testing Surine. “If you end up with something like Surine that’s very stable and easy to maintain, you’re going to go to that because that’s one of your savers.”

I guess Dyna-Tek has created the long-sought-after holy golden grail in urinary research.

I wonder who’s donating all these gallons of piss. You see calls for blood donation drives all the time, but never urine donations. Shoot, I’d bet you could persuade more people to donate their piss than their blood. You could even find some beer sponsorship for it, which would serve the dual purpose of priming the pumps.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/04/2021 10:00:31 PM
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