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Surgical Glue Made from Crab Shells

by Rajshri on  March 30, 2010 at 8:50 PM Research News   - G J E 4
 Surgical Glue Made from Crab Shells
In a welcome development, Australian scientists have developed a surgical glue from crab shells, which could be used to replace sutures in eye surgeries.
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Called "SurgiLux", this glue can also be used in brain and nerve surgeries. the glue is applied onto the surgical wound and is then sealed with heat application from a laser. This prevents risk of infection and scarring, which are unwanted complications in eye surgeries.

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"Some glue technologies rely upon ultra-violet for wound bonding but aren't really suitable because UV-rays damage living cells," said Associate Professor John Foster who leads the University of NSW's Biopolymer Research Group and is also the co-inventor of the glue. "The beauty of SurgiLux is that an infrared laser doesn't cause tissue damage ... better still, it has inherent anti-microbial properties, which discourage post-operative infections."

Another great attribute of the glue is that it is biodegradable. The research team is seeking a commercial backer to market this glue.


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