An image accompanying an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine depicting how ‘slug slime’ produced by the Dusky slug Arion subfuscus has inspired a synthetic hydrogel tape, that could have numerous future clinical applications, including surgery and wound healing. The biologically-based and bio-compatible material utilizes bridging polymers to allow a stretchable, tough patch to bind easily to wet tissue.
Alison E. Burke
New England Journal of Medicine
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Winner of Certificate of Merit at the 2018 Association of Medical Illustrator's salon exhibition