Gel-Based Glue Fastens Snails To Wet Surfaces, Model For Surgical Adhesive, Ithaca College Study

Published: May 07, 2009

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ScienceDaily (May 7, 2009) — A species of slug (Arion subfuscus) produces a defensive gel it can chemically convert into a remarkably strong glue. Similar gel-based glues attach some snails firmly onto slippery rocks; tools are needed to pry them off. The tenacity of these glues on wet surfaces is difficult to match with artificial adhesives.

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