Surgical skin patch modeled after fish parasite

04/17/2013 | BBC

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital have developed a patch for skin wounds modeled after the fish parasite Pomphorhynchus laevis' ability to securely cling to wet surfaces using tiny spikes that swell after entering tissue. The researchers mimicked this design, creating a skin patch that features miniscule plastic needles that cause minimal tissue damage upon entry yet swell when wet to create a tight grip.

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