Adhesive Inspired By Mussels Could Glue Blood Vessels Back TogetherI figure it's safe to say that most of us have ended up getting stitches at some point in our lives. Not to imply that y'all are snitches -- stuff just happens, right? If you haven't gotten stitches, please ask your nearest friend who has made their living in a kitchen or on a construction site -- they probably have a story about getting stitches at some point. It's going to sound terrible, and it was definitely worse than it sounds, because getting stitches sucks. The hope for an adhesive solution that lets doctors close wounds without resorting to stitches, staples, or sutures is a lasting one, and researchers at the University of British Columbia appear to have made some headway toward that goal. In a study published today in the journal PNAS Early Edition, the UBC team reports promising findings that the adhesive that mussels use to stick to the rocky shores where they make their home could one day lead to medical glues to reattach and hold together severed blood vessels.Read on...
Eye Stitches are Terrifying, Kind of Pretty
Redditor Philawesomeraptor's girlfriend recently received a cornea transplant due to her keratoconus, an eye disorder in which the structure of the cornea causes the eye to change to a more conical shape. Due to the surgery, she got stitches in her eyeball, and they look like this. It's a fine line between horrifying and pretty, moving back and forth between the two as you admire the zigzag pattern, but then remember it's made by something threaded through an eyeball.Read on...