14 June 2017

Ever tried to remove a tick from your calves?

If you’ve ever tried to remove a tick from your calves, you’ll know just how firmly they attach themselves to their victims. Using science, we may just be able to turn that incredible ability to our advantage. Ticks excrete a cement-like substance to attach themselves to human skin and a team of Austrian scientists is studying South African ticks, hoping to recreate this sticking power in an artificial tissue adhesive that could be used to, among other applications, bond ligaments and tendons to bone without the use of metal.


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