Gooey Secrets of Mussel Power

By learning how mussels stick, scientists may find a way to make them come unstuck.

By Sorcha McDonagh, 00:00 AM January 20, 2004

Where do mussels get their muscle? Waves can crash over them, but mussels keep holding tight to shoreline rocks. These tough little mollusks can even cling to the underside of a ship to hitch a ride across the ocean.

The common blue mussel makes proteins that allow the organism to cling to just about any surface, including this Teflon sheet.

The common blue mussel makes proteins that allow the organism to cling to just about any surface, including this Teflon sheet.

Jonathan Wilker

A mussel's grip comes from the glue it makes. Mussel glue is made up of a web of protein molecules. Now, scientists at Purdue University in...

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