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Last modified: Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Bacteria make super-sticky sugars

CBS News
Health & Science
April 10

Bacteria make super-sticky sugars

Scientists from Indiana University and Brown University have discovered that a bacteria living in rivers and streams make nature's strongest-known glue to stay in place on wet surfaces. Yves Brun, a bacteriologist at IU Bloomington, says that the tiny bacteria can resist a pull of 70 newtons per square millimetre. Commercial super glues break at 18 to 20 newtons per square millimetre.

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