Shellfish Based Adhesive Holds Even Underwater

September 23, 2014 8:09 AM

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According to a new study that came out in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, a team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has developed or rather re-engineered bacteria to produce a hybrid material that contains a sticky mussel proteins and a bacterial protein found in biofilms – slimy layers formed by bacteria growing on a surface. When these two proteins are combined, they form a very powerful adhesive, which has infinite applications in the real world.

The idea was simple. It was inspired by the way shellfish such as mussels secrete very sticky proteins, which help them to get a firm grip over rocks and other obstacles and climb over them. Among the various applications of this newly developed adhesive, some are – repairing ships underwater help i...

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