Mr Flibble Talks To... Flibble Goes To The Doctor
Research has shown that watching Red Dwarf can actually improve the body's ability to defend itself against viruses. The man responsible for this discovery is Wolverhampton University's Dr Shantha Perera. Mr Flibble stopped in for a check-up...
20 November, 2000
Dr Shantha Perera
Mr Flibble's right hand provided by
Andrew Ellard

We actually [looked at] two proteins - one was called IgA, that's your specific molecule that actually recognises bacteria and viruses, finds them and destroys them; and another molecule called lysozyme that we assessed as well. Lysozyme, basically, is non-specific, and it's involved in breaking down the cell walls in bacteria. So one was specific, the IgA, and the other was non-specific lysozyme.

After watching the humourous video, the IgA levels went up on average by about 90%, the lysozyme levels by about 60% (the highest was around 300%). In contrast the IgA levels dropped after watching the documentary and the lysozyme levels didn't change significantly.