Fake gecko skin could heal your guts


That little piece of catfood that sells Geico insurance with a smug Brit accent just might be the key to fast surgery recoveries in the future. Scienticians have found a way to use the same science that lets geckos climb along the celing to help heal surgical wounds.

A bandage is made of the new material which binds the incisions together and slowly dissolves after a few weeks, leaving the healed section without requiring re-opening to remove the tape.

The material, which currently has the catchy name “gecko-tape”, is non-toxic and is metabolized by the body over time. The technology is still fairly new, but it could change how surgery is performed in the future.

Healed by a gecko: Bandage that mimics lizard’s power to cling [Daily Mail]