Mussel glue inspires coating for medical implants

8:48pm, December 13, 2004

From Boston, at a meeting of the Materials Research Society

Many medical implants, such as catheters, stents, and other cardiovascular devices, fail because cells stick to them and interfere with their operation. Although researchers have tried coating these devices with antifouling polymers, the coats tend to be susceptible to enzymatic degradation and often peel off. However, a new coating inspired by the adhesive secreted by mussels could be more durable.

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