Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Nature produces the world's strongest glue

Coming to a hospital near you, Caulobacter crescentus , a bacterium that sticks to everything, including humans. It sticks to river rocks in streams, rivers with the assistance of sugar molecules, even under the stress equal to three to four times the stress used today by retail glues. Because it doesn't come off of humans, scientists are looking at ways to use the bacterium as a biodegradable surgical adhesive. This natural glue could be used also see practical engineering applications with water pipes, dams, etc.

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