Friday, 28 July 2017

Slugging it Out!

Reports that Professor Li of Harvard University has copied the properties of slug slime to develop a surgical glue that can be effectively used in wet tissues ( He basically found that the defensive slime of our molluscan mates had many positively-charged protein polymers and combined similar materials with hydrogels to produce a wound-sealing adhesive. This is yet another example of developing something of use to humans by studying the properties of animals. Not many people would connect slugs and surgery.

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Seeing the Changes 1236

Hurricane Ophelia also blew a Green lacewing ( Chrysopa 7-punctata ) into my house.