This Microneedle Adhesive Technology is Inspired by a Parasite

 - Apr 25, 2013
References: nature & psfk
A new micro-needle adhesive inspired by a parasite has become a skin graft breakthrough in medical science. The inspiration for this new skin graft technology has come from the spiny-headed worm, an intestinal parasite found in fish.

This new patch is covered with cone-shaped micro needles that can stick to soft tissue with very little damage. The needles are designed to swell when exposed to water, further anchoring the patches hold to tissues. There are so many new advantages to this skin graft breakthrough, the application and removal process is much smoother and the new micro needles are said to hold three times stronger than surgical staples.

This will surely help a great deal of people who have been injured and require surgery, and there are also talks of advanced uses for the new technology in the near future.