Gecko feet, mussel shells and other sticky things

Previously — on multiple occasions — we have highlighted the growing list of naturally-occurring "bio-glues" that are being evaluated for various biomedical adhesive applications.  See link.

More recently, highlighting a previously identified source, it was reported, "MIT researchers working to develop biomimetic medical adhesive" based on the structures inherent in gecko feet.

A wide range of materials are in use and in development for medical applications in adhesive, sealing, hemostasis and other wound management functions.  See the press release from MedMarket Diligence (3/5/2012).

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  1. From a slightly different perspective, Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst researchers have examined the roles of gecko tendons and bones in adhesiveness.