Shellfish-Inspired Sticky Glue to Repair Ships

September 22, 2014 2:37 PM

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Inspired by sticky proteins naturally secreted by shellfish, MIT engineers have created stronger waterproof glue that could be used to repair ships and even help heal wounds and surgical incisions, according to a new study.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineered bacteria to produce a hybrid material that incorporates naturally sticky mussel proteins as well as a bacterial protein found in biofilms - slimy layers formed by bacteria growing on a surface.

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