MUSSEL MAGIC

Thanks to a team of inspired Korean scientists at the Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), mussels have now provided another reason to celebrate beyond enjoying another delicious evening meal.

After studying how mussels can attach themselves under water with amazing staying power to any surface, the scientists wondered if the mussel’s adhesive could be adapted to form a nontoxic surgical ‘glue’ that could instantly seal a bleeding wound without leaving a scar or causing inflammation.

Their determined research has led to the development of a light-activated, mussel protein-based bioadhesive (LAMBA) that works on the same principles as mussels attaching to underwater surfaces. The new compound is delighting surgeons from Tokyo to New York, enabling them to seal bleeding wounds in a mere 60 seconds!

This amazing medical breakthrough is just another reason to celebrate and protect the wonder and benefits of shellfish, especially the marvelous magical mussel.