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December 6, 2015 AT 4:00 am

MIT Engineers Waterproof Adhesives inspired by Mussels and Barnacles. #Biomimicry

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MIT Researchers are creating strong waterproof adhesives that could have incredible real world applications, via MIT

This image shows adhesion between the silica tip of an atomic force microscope and adhesive fibers made by fusing mussel foot proteins and curli amyloid fibers.

Shellfish such as mussels and barnacles secrete very sticky proteins that help them cling to rocks or ship hulls, even underwater. Inspired by these natural adhesives, a team of MIT engineers has designed new materials that could be used to repair ships or help heal wounds and surgical incisions.

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