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Flesh-eating Bacteria Inspires Highly Selective Instant Adhesive 52

Posted by samzenpus
from the to-stick-or-not-to-stick dept.
cylonlover writes "A strong and highly selective instant adhesive inspired by the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes has been developed by Oxford University researchers. S. pyogenes is a common resident of human throats that is normally kept in check by the body's defenses, but when it gets out of control it can cause diseases ranging from strep throat to toxic shock syndrome or flesh-eating disease. By engineering a protein that is central to S. pyogenes' infectious arsenal, the researchers have developed a new superglue that can't be matched for sticking molecules together and not letting go."
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Flesh-eating Bacteria Inspires Highly Selective Instant Adhesive

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 01, 2012 @02:44AM (#39205915)

    No chance this goes badly. None at all.

  • by noh8rz2 (2538714) on Thursday March 01, 2012 @02:47AM (#39205927)

    a new superglue that can't be matched for sticking molecules together and not letting go."

    sounds like my mother in law

  • by c0lo (1497653) on Thursday March 01, 2012 @02:51AM (#39205939)
    TFA

    The team have given the bonding fragments the moniker "SpyCatcher" and "SpyTag" for the larger and smaller fragments respectively. In biochemical research S. pyogenes is unimaginatively abbreviated "Spy,"...

    An important attribute for one of the world's strongest adhesives is that SpyCatcher and SpyTag won't bond to fingers - they will only stick to each other. Being the basis of an adhesive, however, the adhesive carriers will have to bond to other materials, as SpyTag and SpyCatcher cannot.

    Thus, they found an interesting nano hook-and-loop, but they are yet to solve how to bind the hook and the loop to the parts that need gluing?

    • by deek (22697)

      Won't stick to human flesh? What a shame. I was just considering the possibilities for this April Fools Day.

      • by EdIII (1114411) on Thursday March 01, 2012 @03:29AM (#39206075)

        You mean the possibility of gluing your roommates ass to the toilet seat forever?

        This lock is stable over time, high temperatures, high forces and with harsh chemical treatment.

        If they can figure out how to get it to bond like that to human skin... game over man. That April Fool's joke will require surgery.

        I can already see new scenes for JackAss 4.

        • by omfgnosis (963606)

          Skin cells die and fall off. It would only require surgery if you're incredibly impatient.

          • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 01, 2012 @05:13AM (#39206405)

            Others are going to get incredibly impatient much sooner.

            • by Sulphur (1548251)

              Others are going to get incredibly impatient much sooner.

              Most toilet seats are attached with wingnuts. Just detach it and walk to the nearest phone. It might be difficult if you are riding a bike.

              • by EdIII (1114411)

                You did not think that through did you? :D

                Imagine yourself glued to the toilet seat. Completely stuck.

                Are you saying you keep a tool kit next to the toilet so you can reach behind you and blindly fumble with the caps and get a wrench, or whatever on to the top of the bolt, and then turn it behind you?

                I would film that and put up on YouTube. Hilarious.

                • by Sulphur (1548251)

                  You did not think that through did you? :D

                  Imagine yourself glued to the toilet seat. Completely stuck.

                  Are you saying you keep a tool kit next to the toilet so you can reach behind you and blindly fumble with the caps and get a wrench, or whatever on to the top of the bolt, and then turn it behind you?

                  I would film that and put up on YouTube. Hilarious.

                  A wing nut (named after an actual nut) is a nut with two ears or wings on each side. It is made to operate without tools.

                  • by EdIII (1114411)

                    You did not think that through did you? :D

                    Imagine yourself glued to the toilet seat. Completely stuck.

                    Are you saying you keep a tool kit next to the toilet so you can reach behind you and blindly fumble with the caps and get a wrench, or whatever on to the top of the bolt, and then turn it behind you?

                    I would film that and put up on YouTube. Hilarious.

                    A wing nut (named after an actual nut) is a nut with two ears or wings on each side. It is made to operate without tools.

                    I have seen a lot of different toilets, but most of them with wingnuts don't have them on the top, but on the bottom. It's usually a plastic bolt through the toilet and the wingnut is below. You are right.. you don't need tools for a wingnut. They are made for fingers. However.....

                    The reason why your statement is do damn funny is because in order to grab the wingnut with your hand, you would need to reach behind you, and below you, and start swiveling the wingnut off. Even more funny because of how lon

          • So ... if someone was to glue your ass to a toilet seat, you'd be fine with just wearing extra extra extra extra large boxers and extra extra extra extra large trousers to fit over the toilet seat, until it comes off on its own?

            • by Sta7ic (819090)
              You sound like someone who forgot his towel! Just wrap that around your midsection, and two of your problems are solved.
            • by omnichad (1198475)

              You could accept the fate of having to buy a new toilet seat and break or cut off all the unnecessary parts of the glued-on seat. You would end up with a small, thin pressed-wood plank on each cheek most likely.

            • by omfgnosis (963606)

              Yes, I would wait a week or two for it to fall off naturally, rather than pay for probably painful surgery and wait out probably painful recovery time of at least the same duration.

              • by EdIII (1114411)

                So you would wear the toilet seat on your ass for a couple of weeks? That just makes the joke funnier.

                You will have problems with your skin much sooner than that. I know from experience......

                Some assholes in college, who now lie in shallow graves in a nameless field, put a bunch of military grade experimental duct tape on my back while I was sleeping.

                It hurt so bad trying to rip it off, that I decided to wait a couple of days and just see if it would start to fall off. Didn't work out that way. I ended u

            • by sjames (1099)

              This is a job for Angle-grinder Man!

    • I think that part has to be done at the time when whatever in question is being manufactured—this isn't going to be like glue you can squirt on stuff. It'll be physically linked to the object instead. Otherwise you'd just be attaching a super-strong glue with a weaker one, which kinda defeats the point. :)
  • by martin-boundary (547041) on Thursday March 01, 2012 @02:53AM (#39205947)
    Hannibal: "Hello, Clarice, nice to have you for dinner. Did you notice the new tapestries? They are made of human flesh. I've been experimenting with this new adhesive you see, to walk on walls and the ceiling. I'm still looking for matching boots."
    • by Anonymous Coward

      No, but could you please pass the fava beans and put the f'ing lotion in the basket.

  • um... ooookay... (Score:1, Redundant)

    by Tastecicles (1153671)

    ...just don't get any on your skin.

  • by Tastecicles (1153671) on Thursday March 01, 2012 @03:30AM (#39206081)

    1. Velcro
    2. self amalgamating rubber tape
    3. Zippers
    4. Gecko tape

    Just a few that spring immediately to mind. The one thing they have on common is that they are all used to attach substrates together while only actually adhering to themselves. The strength/utility of adhesion depends on mechanical stresses and application.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    Bacteria inspires? I are shocked.
  • by nuckfuts (690967) on Thursday March 01, 2012 @05:41AM (#39206483)

    It ends with the following (where "SpyCatcher" and "SpyTag" refer to chemical components of the adhesive):

    An important attribute for one of the world's strongest adhesives is that SpyCatcher and SpyTag won't bond to fingers - they will only stick to each other. Being the basis of an adhesive, however, the adhesive carriers will have to bond to other materials, as SpyTag and SpyCatcher cannot.
    Further development of the new class of adhesives is ongoing...

    So they've invented a new superglue that only sticks to itself.

  • Tip of the day (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Per Wigren (5315) on Thursday March 01, 2012 @06:44AM (#39206625) Homepage
    Don't image google for flesh eating bacteria.
    • by aysa (452184)

      OMG, I can't tell I haven't been warned.
      Please don't!

      • I even warned the guy sitting at the desk behind me not to do it. Some people just don't know what's good for them when it smacks them in the head.

    • by Like2Byte (542992)

      Don't image google for flesh eating bacteria.

      Oh, I gotta try this!

      {{runs to store to buy A LOT of hard drives}}

  • Throwing this out there for the community, but I am extremely interested in getting my hands on even some prototypes of gecko tape, at any price. Has anyone heard any developments lately or know who's doing it recently and if they're moving any closer to getting it to market?
    • GeckoMan, GeckoMan, does whatever a Gecko can...

      So pretty much a superhero who can sell car insurance and catch small insects.
  • by Jiro (131519) on Thursday March 01, 2012 @10:27AM (#39208011)

    Saying that that's based on flesh-eating bacteria is like saying that a taxi service uses getaway cars, when in fact it just uses ordinary cars.

    The material on which the adhesive is based is produced by bacteria of that species in general, not just by the flesh-eating ones.

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