Slug Slime can be Used as a Surgical Glue
Scientists have created a glue for surgical purposes, taking inspiration from the Arion fuscus – a small land slug species that leaves behind a whitish slimy trail.
The glue serves as an adhesive in medical application, as it is made up of a material possessing the ability to stick to slick wet surfaces. The material consists of two layer: a sticky layer that attaches to surfaces and a shock-absorbing layer that reduces strain. The sealant contains positively charged molecules that form stable bonds with biological tissues.
Researchers tested the adhesiveness of the material in a few surgical scenarios such as attaching the material to pig skin and liver. The material was successfully attached onto the beating heart of a pig, even when the surface was coated in blood. The glue sealed up a heart defect, preventing any loss of blood even after a million inflations and deflations. During an emergency surgery simulated by the researchers, the glue was effective enough to stem the bleeding liver of the rat. The material also proved to be less toxic than the commercially used tissue adhesive, reported the Science Magazine on July 28, 2017.
The invasive sutures and staples currently used in surgeries, would soon be replaced with this novel slug-inspired glue, considering its extreme flexibility and compatibility with body fluids. Scientists foresee the future of this glue by expecting its application in injections to fix cartilage discs, cushions between vertebrae, also predicting its use as Band-Aids to close wounds.
You may be interested
Mobile Health Apps and Solutions Market Industry Insights, Dynamic Growth and Revenue Forecast 2018-2026Albert R - October 19, 2018
Mobile Health Apps and Solutions Market report 2018-2026 focuses on the major drivers and restraints for the key players. These research report also provides granular analysis of…
Drug Abuse Treatment Market – Launch and approval of novel drugs is projected to fuel market growth over the forecast periodMohit Joshi - October 19, 2018
Coherent Market Insights released a new market study on 2018-2026 Drug Abuse Treatment Market with 100+ market data Tables, Pie Chat, Graphs & Figures spread through Pages…
Elderly and Disabled Assistive Devices Market in the US Market: Business Opportunities, Current Trends, Market Challenges & Industry Analysis By 2026Albert R - October 19, 2018
The Elderly and Disabled Assistive Devices Market is expected to have a highly positive outlook for the next five years 2018 – 2026 according to a recently…