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Mighty Mussel Glue for Surgery

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mussels, with their strong adhesives attachment in spite of waves and currents, have been an attractive model for developing surgical sealants. Now Korean scientists have developed a new, nontoxic surgical glue that cures in just a minute. The adhesives is compatible with human tissues and forms a strong bond under wet conditions. Possible applications include blocking air leakage, stopping bleeding and sealing incisions or wounds. It is a particularly attractive option for delicate tissues and areas poorly suited to traditional sutures. This particular adhesive differs from other mussel-inspired adhesives in its curing method. Mussels have a two-part adhesive system, but this new adhesive cures under blue light. Results of preliminary testing of this adhesive was published in Biomaterials.

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