Researcher: Mussels' stickiness could have medical uses

02/19/2013 | ScienceMag.org

Adhesives secreted by mussels could lead to a bioadhesive allowing prenatal surgeons to fix birth defects with a lower risk of causing premature labor, said biologist Herbert Waite of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Waite said mussels' holdfasts contain high amounts of dihydroxyphenylalanine. This allows proteins to solidify quickly, allowing them to cut through a layer of water and bond with a surface.

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