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Sea Slug Bandages, 2017-ongoing

It was designed by David Mooney, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. It is dated 2017-ongoing. Its medium is sealed bandage models, photograph.

Inspired by the Dusky Arion slug’s incredible defense mechanism—the secretion of a sticky mucus some 2 to 5 times stronger than Super Glue—researchers from the Mooney Lab for Cell and Tissue Engineering have developed a bandage that emulates some of a slug’s natural advantages. Flexible, biocompatible, and super adhesive, these bandages may be able to assist with human tissue repair both inside and outside the body.

It is credited Courtesy of the Mooney Lab, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.

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