MIT scientists have invented a sticky tape that will aid healing without the need for stitches. The tape will also break down in time, without needing you to bother about when to go to the surgeon to take it off. These stitches would hold good on the body surface as well as the internal parts.
The adhesive is inspired by geckos’ feet, which allow the reptiles to walk along the ceiling and up and down smooth walls. Gecko toes are sticky because they are covered with millions of flexible nanopillars, giving them a very large surface area. The MIT tape, which relies on both nanoscale pillars and a chemical glue, is the first such tape to show good adhesive strength and safety in animals.
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If this tape becomes reality, I predict that entrance exams to go into surgery will finally stop. After all, the most difficult and tricky issues in surgery deal with situations that demand suturing skills of a very high order. Once the need for suturing is gone, all surgeons have to do is to blunder their way into surgery. If they injure anything, they just superglue it. Simple!
Finally, it will prove that surgeons are basically morons with quicker hands, practising what essentially is a monkey science.