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  • Mussel Glue Could Help Repair Birth Defects

    02/23/2013 9:05:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 16 February 2013 | Dan Ferber
    Enlarge Image Quick seal. Adding a glue modeled on the biochemistry of mussel attachment quickly sealed a punctured fetal membrane in rabbits, protecting the fetal bunnies inside. Credit: Martin Ehrbar from University Hospital Zurich BOSTON—When it comes to hanging on tight, the lowly mussel has few rivals in nature. Researchers have sought the secrets behind the bivalve's steadfast grip on wet, slippery rock. Now, reporting here today at the annual meeting of AAAS (which publishes ScienceNOW), a researcher said he has used the mollusk’s tricks to develop medical applications. These include a biocompatible glue that could one day seal...