Volume 95 Issue 40 | pp. 14-15 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 9, 2017

Strong, stretchy surgical glue

Human-protein-based hydrogel holds arteries and lung tissue together without leaks in animal tests
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: Adhesives, surgical glue, protein hydrogel

After surgery, holding tissue together allows incisions to heal. This closure is often accomplished with stitches or staples, but such materials can further damage tissue, particularly in the case of delicate tissue like lungs. Surgical glue is needed that can seal lung tissue without the need for using sutures or staples first. Although surgical sealants are commercially available, none of them has the right combination of elasticity, shear strength, and adhesion to work well with . . .

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