The development of gecko glue may have human applications as a wet and dry surface adhesive:
“…”I envision that adhesive tapes made out of geckel could be used to replace sutures for wound closure, and may also be useful as a water-resistant adhesive for bandages and drug-delivery patches,” said Professor Phillip Messersmith from Northwestern University in Chicago.
“Such a bandage would remain firmly attached to the skin during bathing but would permit easy removal upon healing.”"
The possibility of glue replacing sutures is beneficial in many respects. For example, less time of exposure of a wound, for example, deduces the complications such as infection. The reduced use of sutures also has cosmetic appeal in that the wound may heal in a cleaner fashion. The water resistant aspect of the glue translates into speed which can prove to be invaluable in health/safety terms.
[tags]gecko glue, sutures, speed, health, safety[/tags]