“The slug known as Dusky Arion (Arion subfuscus) coats itself with mucus to keep moist. It can add certain proteins to its mucus to make a glue. With this glue, the slug can attach so strongly to a surface that it can’t be carried off by a predator.
Inspired by the Dusky Arion, a research team led by Dr. David J. Mooney at Harvard University created a family of medical glues that could be sticky, strong, stretchy, and nontoxic. The study was supported in part by NIH’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Results were published on July 28, 2017, in Science.”
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched an educational campaign named “Get Ahead of Sepsis” to help protect Americans from the devastating effects of sepsis. It emphasizes the importance of early recognition, timely treatment, and also preventing infections that could lead to sepsis, which is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is life threatening, and without timely treatment, can rapidly cause tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Each year, more than 1.5 million people in the United States develop sepsis and at least 250,000 Americans die as a result.”