Parasitic Worm Inspires Surgical Technique

April 16, 2013 3:26 PM

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Parasitic Worm Inspires Surgical Technique

A parasitic worm that latches onto the intestines of its hosts has inspired the development of a new surgical technique for skin grafts.

Some of the best engineering solutions come from nature. Researchers have designed a microneedle adhesive for skin grafts — a skin transplant used to treat wounds, burns or other injuries — based on the spiny-headed worm, Pomphorhynchus laevis. The new adhesive, described today (April 16) in the jou...

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