Monday, February 15, 2016

Mussel-mimicking adhesive polymer shown to be non-toxic to cells

A synthetic version of a high-strength adhesive produced by mussels is non-toxic to living cells, researchers say, suggesting its potential suitability for surgical and other biomedical applications. The polymer is designed after a natural protein that mussels produce for sticking to surfaces. The animals extend hair-like fibers that connect to surfaces with a natural adhesive. A synthetic polymer is needed because the natural proteins are not practical for industrial applications.

from Geochemistry News -- ScienceDaily

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