Worm-inspired superglue

Material may one day paste together bones in the body

11:45am, August 18, 2009

WASHINGTON — A new glue may worm its way into the medical realm as a tool for pasting together pieces of fractured bone. Researchers have created the glue based on the adhesive that a marine worm uses to cement its shell. Because the glue can be injected underwater and can stick and harden in an aqueous environment, it may one day be used inside the body, researchers reported August 17 at a meeting of the American Chemical Society.

“It literally glues skeletons together underwater, so we thought it would be a good model for wet surgery,” said Russell Stewart of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

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