"made of a new mussel adhesive"

Blue Mussel
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeBlue Mussel - Credit: Andreas Trepte
Studies have shown that the proteins secreted by mussels could be used to create a natural superglue. Bioadhesives, natural substances with adhesive properties such as starch or gelatin, are of particular interest because of their biocompatibility.  They can be used on human tissue without deleterious side effects, and could have applications ranging from medical procedures to attaching false eyelashes.

Mussel adhesives, having evolved in water, are also being tested for use in marine applications such as waterproofing ships.

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