Mimicking mussels’ muscle

Shellfish ‘teach’ researchers how to make superglues for underwater uses — or even to bind wounds better than stitches

By Sid Perkins, 15:31 PM December 5, 2013

The strongest creatures at the beach aren’t muscle-bound bodybuilders. To find these marvels, you actually need to look near the waterline. There, waves pound the shore mercilessly and the tides slosh in and out twice a day. Tucked amongst the rocks, clinging tightly, you’ll find shellfish called mussels.

“These little creatures live in a hostile environment simply by hunkering down and holding on to hard surfaces,” observes J. Herbert Waite. He works at the University of California, Santa Bar...

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