Spider web glue joins ranks of biologically based glues under study

A considerable number and type of different biologically-based glues and adhesives are being studied for their potential use in human applications for wound closure. We previously addressed this in our post Sandcastle worms, mussels, burrowing frogs and gecko feet. To that list, we can now add a glycoprotein web glue from the golden orb weaving spider.

A sticky substance in spider webs may lead to the development of a new generation of biobased adhesives and glues that could replace some petroleum-based products.

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The findings are being reported in the October 2009 issue of the ACS's Biomacromolecules. While not explicitly noted (in abstract information) for its potential use in humans, the development of any bio-based glue represents this potential.

MedMarket Diligence has published its 2009 report, "Worldwide Market for Surgical Sealants, Glues, Wound Closure and Anti-Adhesion, 2009-2013." See the report's description, table of contents and complete list of exhibits at link.

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