St. Louis is the “Spit Capital” of the World

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Local company collects more than 500 liters of human saliva every year

Cities all over the world are known for their industry, Detroit is the “Motor City”, Pittsburgh is the “Steel City” and now St. Louis is the “Spit City.” The self proclaimed title is in response to the 500 liters of human saliva collected each year by local biological material provider, Lee BioSolutions.

“We are a major collector of saliva and the only company in the world that I know of that has the capabilities to collect over 500 liters a year of spit,” said Burton Lee, president of Lee BioSolutions. “The saliva we collect from hundreds of donors is isolated into human salivary amylase and goes towards breakthroughs in medical advancements. You’d be surprised what some of the simplest samples, such as saliva, can cure.”

According to Lee, “spit” is a very valuable commodity. As a biological material, it is used to measure different levels of enzymes and compounds in the body for many important studies; most notably in a study involving the link of heightened stress in women to difficulty getting pregnant.

“Because spit is a much needed research tool, and St. Louis is leading the way in the largest spit collection across the nation and possibly world, we have created a Facebook game to celebrate this momentous occasion,” said Lee. “For those who cannot otherwise find time to spit for research purposes, they can participate in our online “spit” game. And, it’s the perfect way to train future spit donors.”

The Lee BioSolutions’ Facebook game is in the final stages of development and will go live at in late 2010. Lee, an avid spitter himself, hopes that through his efforts St. Louis will someday get the recognition it deserves as the spit capital of the world.

About Lee BioSolutions

For over 30 years, St. Louis based Lee BioSolutions has answered the call to provide Solutions On Demand to the researchers around the world who have committed their work to scientific and medical advancements. Providing the latest, proven, and best quality biological materials, Lee BioSolutions delivers the highest level in customer service, product availability and product quality. For more information visit


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