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The glue, dubbed "geckel," can have innumerable uses, say the inventors, whose research was published on Wednesday in Nature, the weekly British journal.
The result is "geckel" gecko + mussel — an adhesive that has been tested to stick through 1000 contact/release cycles, but remains highly adhesive when underwater, too.
"I envision that adhesive tapes made out of geckel could be used to replace sutures for wound closure and may also be useful as a water-resistant adhesives for bandages and drug-delivery patches," he said in a press release.