Shellfish-Inspired Sticky Adhesive May Repair Ships and Heal Wounds

September 22, 2014 3:04 PM

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Scientists are constantly taking inspiration from animals in order to create new materials. Now, they've managed to create a new adhesive inspired by the sticky proteins that mussels and barnacles excrete to allow them to cling to a hard surface--even underwater. The new glue could be used to repair ships or even help heal wounds.

The sticky substance that allows mussels to attach to underwater surfaces is made up of several proteins known as mussel foot proteins. Previously, scientists had engineered E. coli bacteria to produce individual mussel foot proteins. In this case, the researchers engineered bacteria to produce two ...

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