A Natural Glue That Also Helps Bond Bones - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/21/08

A Natural Glue That Also Helps Bond Bones

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The sandcastle worm is a unique sea creature because it makes glue that bonds underwater.  The sandcastle worm sweeps grains inward and applies its own homemade glue, and then adds it to his house.  So what could be healthy about that? 

Bioengineers at the University of Utah say they have found that the recipe that gives this glue its remarkable properties to build things underwater could also be used inside humans to repair shattered bones without surgery.

"We hope eventually to produce a material that would not only fix the fracture, but also deliver medicine basically to help with the natural healing process," says Dr. Russell Stewart, bioengineer of the University of Utah. 

This non-toxic glue will hold things together while the body0 makes a permanent repair and will degrade naturally.

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