New Bone-Setting Glue Inspired By Sandcastle Worms

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A scanning electron microscope image of two glass beads cemented together by a sandcastle worm and removed from the worm’s tube(inset).  Closeup connection using worm’s glue (large picture).

Shattered bones pose a difficult problem for surgeons, who currently must use tiny screws and plates to hold fragments in place long enough for the break to heal. But a new glue, which has the sticking power to adhere to bone, could one day help orthopedic surgeons fix difficult breaks, researchers announced today at the American Chemical Society conference in Washington, DC.

 

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