Volume 92 Issue 33 | p. 8 | News of The Week
Issue Date: August 18, 2014 | Web Date: August 14, 2014

Worms Inspire New Bioadhesive

ACS Meeting News: Researchers mimic wet adhesives made by sandcastle worms
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: Meeting, sandcastle worm, fetal surgery, adhesion, glue

Sandcastle worms are pretty good chemists. Without advanced degrees, they have figured out how to biosynthesize glue components they use to build their underwater tubular shelters. Inspired by the worms, Russell J. Stewart of the University of Utah and coworkers are creating similar adhesives that might be used to make in utero surgery safer or to block blood vessels that feed tumors.

“It’s a classic example of borrowing successfully from nature,” . . .

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