The online news source AsiaOne reported on a study of the molecular structure of squid beaks and how the same material might be ideal for joint implants. The study was published in Nature Chemical Biology last month by Ali Miserez, Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technical University in Singapore. Dr. Miserez studied the composition of squid beaks, which are flexible at the point of contact with the flesh and hard at the end of the tip. Relating to soft tissue injury caused by degrading joint implants, Dr. Miserez believes this material “could prevent such injuries because instead of being very hard or very soft, the change in hardness is gradual. This could also lengthen the lifespan of implants.” Full article.

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