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Shark Skin Biomimicry Prevents Disease and Keeps Boat Bottoms Clean

By: Katie Cordrey - Published:   Updated: May 5 2011 • References: sharklet & dsc.discovery
Shark skin biomimicry has yielded the world's first manufactured material to inhibit bacterial growth by imitating the texture of a shark's skin.

Start-up Sharklet Technologies uses shark skin biomimicry to produce the hygienic pattern on materials that can be applied to everything from boat hulls to hospital equipment. The Sharklet surface resists the growth of organisms such as bacteria, algae and barnacles, just like a shark's skin does.

Implications - Sharklet could be extremely beneficial to the health industry with its ability to repel bacteria. Its diamond pattern allows it to be free from disinfectants, chemicals and toxins. Should this technology make its move towards hospitals, doctors will have something new to work with that's effective in helping patients.

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