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In case you slipped and that new chisel cut your duodenum, you’ll be glad to know there’s now a glue for that. It doesn’t work too well for lung tissue, though. In the pictures above, the surgical glue is shown in green. A smooth interface with the tissue is desirable, so the duodenum connection is best, and the lung connection is worst.

Of course Sean told us long ago about the joys of gluing yourself back together. Now it seems modern science has caught up with him. We’re pretty sure he’s never tried gluing his internal organs up, but the night is young.

Surgical Glues [MIT News]

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2 Responses to A New Super Glue I Hope You Don’t Need

  1. MeasureOnceCutTwice says:

    Long ago I’d heard the story that superglue was originally developed for battlefield first aid – a quick way to close a large wound until the patient could reach a hospital.
    (I went searching for confirmation just now & came up with this: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2187/was-super-glue-invented-to-seal-battle-wounds-in-vietnam)

  2. Matt says:

    I had to take my son to A&E after he suffered a cut on his face (How he got it is a long story about DIY safety I’m not proud of). They fixed him with some glue. It took 5 seconds and the result was amazing!

    It would have been near perfect if he could have refrained himself from touching it all the time (But that’s a big ask for a 4yo)

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