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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 mussels to rocks underwater. The sticky gel attached to this mussel was created in the laboratory to closely duplicate the characteristics of the natural variety.
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Mussel Inspired Sticky Gels
Reporters may freely use this video. Credit format: Video courtesy of Steve Koppes and Zachariah Love both from University of Chicago (2011).
Natural adhesives, including the glue produced by this mussel, have remarkable properties that researchers are now duplicating in the lab.