Sticking Together

Studies of the natural waterproof adhesives used by marine creatures like mussels and sea worms may help scientists develop glues that can be used inside the human body.

Scientists are studying marine creatures like mussels and sea worms in their quest to develop natural glues that can be used in wet conditions. In particular, they are trying to create non-toxic adhesives that can be used inside the human body to repair tears in amniotic sacs or repair bone. Current superglues that are available are either not strong enough to hold skin together under tension, or risk inviting attack by the body’s immune system.

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