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Scientists Develop Biodegradable ‘Superglue’ for Cardiac Repairs

A new entry in NPR’s Shots blog reports on a study in Science Translational Medicine in which a new biodegradable superglue has been developed as the potential future of cardiac repair surgeries. Current adhesives used in surgical repair are purely for external use and harden upon contact with water and, thus, cannot be used internally. Scientists turned to a little worm, the sandcastle worm, which essentially glues itself to wet and slick surfaces. Upon analyzing the chemical composition of the worm’s adhesive material, researchers were able to develop a chemical cocktail that has now been proven effective and safe in rat and pig models for cardiac and arterial repairs and which hardens only upon exposure to UV light. The developing researchers are “so confident that the adhesive will one day reach surgeons’ toolboxes that he has procured $11 million to start a company to manufacture and test the glue.”

Read the article published by NPR’s Shots blog.

Read the study in Science Translational Medicine.