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Getting a Grip on Mussel Adhesion

Getting a Grip on Mussel Adhesion | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
The Asian green mussel (Perna viridis) anchors itself underwater by timed secretion of adhesive proteins from threadlike foot extensions, a team of researchers in Singapore finds1.

Lab experiments and computer simulations reveal that an especially long sticky protein acts as a primer — first catching the surface and repelling water molecules to make way for two proteins that form the final adhesive pad.

The discovery could lead to new submersible glues or improved paints to prevent biofouling on ship hulls and drilling platforms.
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Mussel Goo Inspires Blood Vessel Glue

Mussel Goo Inspires Blood Vessel Glue | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
A University of British Columbia researcher has helped create a gel - based on the mussel's knack for clinging to rocks, piers and boat hulls - that can be painted onto the walls of blood vessels and stay put, forming a protective barrier with potentially life-saving implications.
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Mussels: A New Model for Medical Glue

Mussels: A New Model for Medical Glue | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

The chemistry that allows mussels to stick to underwater surfaces may lead to a non-toxic glue for closing wounds.

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Here's to Hoping Geckskin (Biomimetic Gecko-Based Tape) Sticks Around

Here's to Hoping Geckskin (Biomimetic Gecko-Based Tape) Sticks Around | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

More than five years ago we first wrote about Geckel, a biomimetic adhesive based on geckos' and mussels' ability to stick to things. But as of this year the material was still "under development." Perhaps Duncan Irschick and Alfred Crosby, from UMass Amherst, will have better luck. The pair of scientists--one from Biology, the other from Polymer Science & Engineering--have devised "Geckskin," a reusable tape that can reportedly stick something weighing 700 pounds to a flat wall. Manufacturers of wall mounts for flatscreen TVs ought to be worried.

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