Mussel Inspired Sticky Gels
Mussels generate their own self healing sticky material, which is capable of rapidly reforming adhesive bonds after a sticky thread has been broken. These natural glues are vital for attaching them to rocks The sticky gel attached to this mussel was created in the laboratory to closely duplicate the characteristics of the natural variety.
Reporters and Editors
Reporters may freely use this image. Credit format: Image courtesy of Tara Fadenrecht (2011).