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A glue that flexes its mussels

posted on March 3, 2000


FOR A "STICKY" JOB ... YOU NEED A LOT OF MUSSEL.

AN IDAHO COMPANY SEEKING A RECIPE FOR A STRONG WATERPROOF GLUE IS LOOKING UNDERWATER ... TO MUSSELS.

THE MARINE BIVALVE MOLLUSKS ... WHICH HAVE BEEN CLINGING TENACIOUSLY TO UNDERWATER OBJECTS FOR CENTURIES ... HAVE TENTACLES THAT PRODUCE AN EPOXY-LIKE SUBSTANCE.

THE IDAHO SCIENTISTS ARE CLONING MUSSEL GENES IN HOPES TO DISCOVER THE SECRET OF THE CREATURE'S NATURAL SUPERGLUE.

IF THE SECRET IS UNRAVELED, RESEARCH COULD LEAD NOT ONLY TO A NEW GLUE ... BUT ALSO WAYS OF PREVENTING MUSSELS FROM GLOMMING ONTO THE BOTTOMS OF BOATS.


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