The self-healing needle: Device inspired by MUSSELS plugs its own puncture wound after an injection
It may not be enough to remove the fear some of us have of needles
But now scientists have invented a hypodermic syringe which seals the hole it leaves behind after it is removed.
The needle coated in a film physically plugs the gap left in a vein when it is removed.
And thanks for the breakthrough comes from an unlikely quarter – the mussel.
The shellfish’s ability to stick to a surface in the wet inspired the adhesive material used on the syringe.
The breakthrough could help prevent a vast range of problems caused by bleeding under the skin.
Those most likely to benefit from the invention... read more
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