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Flesh-eating Bacteria Inspires Highly Selective Instant Adhesive

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the to-stick-or-not-to-stick dept.

Biotech 52

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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This could not possibly go wrong. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39205915)

No chance this goes badly. None at all.

Re:This could not possibly go wrong. (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 2 years ago | (#39206015)

That's correct. Nothing to see here; move along.

(This means you.)

Re:This could not possibly go wrong. (1)

Anguirel (58085) | more than 2 years ago | (#39216307)

I'd love to, but they got this super adhesive on me...

Re:This could not possibly go wrong. (5, Funny)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 2 years ago | (#39206135)

Meh... I am rubber you are Streptococcus pyogenes glue, whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you.

Re:This could not possibly go wrong. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39206961)

Hey at least men would have a great excuse for not getting outta the la-z-boy on Superbowl Sunday. "I am glued to my seat" would have a completely new meaning.

Re:This could not possibly go wrong. (1)

lexsird (1208192) | more than 2 years ago | (#39208015)

This smacks of a comic book start, lets throw in a lab accident and we might get a super hero?!

Glueman
Mr Sticky
Gluemiester
Wonderglueman
The Glue
GlueNinja

I need to find something that sticks. /drum hit

Re:This could not possibly go wrong. (1)

owenferguson (521762) | more than 2 years ago | (#39209373)

The Pink Adhesive

Re:This could not possibly go wrong. (1)

_0x783czar (2516522) | more than 2 years ago | (#39209255)

So THIS is how the zombie apocalypse begins...

Re:This could not possibly go wrong. (1)

Zeromous (668365) | more than 2 years ago | (#39211823)

I don't know what you're talking about. Ice9 has worked out famously.

sounds familiar (5, Funny)

noh8rz2 (2538714) | more than 2 years ago | (#39205927)

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

sounds like my mother in law

Have developed? maybe not yet (5, Informative)

c0lo (1497653) | more than 2 years ago | (#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?

Re:Have developed? maybe not yet (2)

deek (22697) | more than 2 years ago | (#39206019)

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

Re:Have developed? maybe not yet (4, Funny)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 2 years ago | (#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.

Re:Have developed? maybe not yet (2)

omfgnosis (963606) | more than 2 years ago | (#39206219)

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

Re:Have developed? maybe not yet (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39206405)

Others are going to get incredibly impatient much sooner.

Re:Have developed? maybe not yet (2)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 2 years ago | (#39207755)

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.

Re:Have developed? maybe not yet (1)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 2 years ago | (#39212829)

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.

Re:Have developed? maybe not yet (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 2 years ago | (#39213287)

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.

Re:Have developed? maybe not yet (2)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 2 years ago | (#39214147)

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 long the bolts are, and downright hilarious because once there is no more pressure the bolt will spin with your hand unless you use two hands to grab the bolt to keep it from twisting along with the wingnut.

You need to do all of that... while having your ass glued to the toilet seat, facing the wrong direction, and probably not having a long enough reach for one hand, let alone two hands....

But... I could be wrong.... you could be the reincarnation of Houdini :)

Re:Have developed? maybe not yet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39214315)

Don't need to be Houdini... this is amazingly easy to do with most toilets I've sat on. Usually I'm trying to do the opposite of this. Those bolts come loose way too easily on many toilets and so I'm constantly tightening them whilst I do my business either for the sake of not tipping off the seat OR just to satisfy my ADD.

Either way it is quite easily done with one hand and the reach (at least for my arms) is not bad at all. The top of the bolt is typically in a slot so it is held in place only requiring the hand that is actually turning the wing.

Of course I now have a seat at home that has a "wing-nut tool" for what is a relatively normal nut. I happen to keep it fairly close to the pot but not quite close enough for reach. Thankfully, given my earlier comment that those bolts come loose too easy, I don't actually need that tool to get the nut off... just to tighten it fully (or make the loosening easier for the fingers)

Re:Have developed? maybe not yet (1)

MartinSchou (1360093) | more than 2 years ago | (#39207939)

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?

Re:Have developed? maybe not yet (2)

Sta7ic (819090) | more than 2 years ago | (#39209323)

You sound like someone who forgot his towel! Just wrap that around your midsection, and two of your problems are solved.

Re:Have developed? maybe not yet (1)

omnichad (1198475) | more than 2 years ago | (#39209477)

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.

Re:Have developed? maybe not yet (1)

omfgnosis (963606) | more than 2 years ago | (#39210819)

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.

Re:Have developed? maybe not yet (1)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 2 years ago | (#39212919)

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 up losing some skin, and all the hair, no matter what.

Your skin will not do so well. Trust me.

Just get the surgery and use the time recuperating to plan your delicious bloody vengeance.

Re:Have developed? maybe not yet (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 2 years ago | (#39212729)

This is a job for Angle-grinder Man!

Re:Have developed? maybe not yet (2)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 2 years ago | (#39206029)

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. :)

Re:Have developed? maybe not yet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39206039)

You mean like Velcro?

Meanwhile, in a castle in Eastern Europe (4, Funny)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 2 years ago | (#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."

Re:Meanwhile, in a castle in Eastern Europe (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39205993)

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

Re:Meanwhile, in a castle in Eastern Europe (2)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | more than 2 years ago | (#39207131)

Hannibal wasn't the one who said the 'it puts the lotion on its skin...'

Re:Meanwhile, in a castle in Eastern Europe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39210801)

He also wasn't the one experimenting with textiles made of human skin. I don't think we're going for a completely accurate recreation of the movie in this thread.

um... ooookay... (0, Redundant)

Tastecicles (1153671) | more than 2 years ago | (#39206043)

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

Prior art anyone? (2)

Tastecicles (1153671) | more than 2 years ago | (#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.

Re:Prior art anyone? (4, Funny)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 2 years ago | (#39206161)

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

Just a few that spring immediately to mind.

It sounds like you are planning a kinky S&M sex weekend . . . ?

Add in Angelina Jolie's leg, and you're all set.

Re:Prior art anyone? (1)

Tastecicles (1153671) | more than 2 years ago | (#39206199)

heh... OK you got me, I was going through my bedside cabinet...

Re:Prior art anyone? (4, Funny)

FrootLoops (1817694) | more than 2 years ago | (#39206221)

I dunno man. With a name that's suspiciously close to combining "taste" and "testicles", you might have to replace "Angelina Jolie" with "Brad Pitt" ;)

Re:Prior art anyone? (1)

Tastecicles (1153671) | more than 2 years ago | (#39206253)

it was that or "popplers"; I don't think *anyone* would have got /that/ reference...

Re:Prior art anyone? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39207359)

4. Gecko tape

Oh man, they also produce tape?! Fix Firefox, THEN move on to new products, idiots.

grammar FFS (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39206333)

Bacteria inspires? I are shocked.

Don't bother reading TFA (2)

nuckfuts (690967) | more than 2 years ago | (#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.

Re:Don't bother reading TFA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39229371)

Hey, it took us 20+ years to figure how to get are awesome new non stick coating to stick to anything.

Not a cure, then I dont care. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39206533)

Having lost TWO friends to flesh eating bacteria, I only want to hear the words "Researchers have created a vaccine for flesh eating bacteria".

Tip of the day (5, Insightful)

Per Wigren (5315) | more than 2 years ago | (#39206625)

Don't image google for flesh eating bacteria.

Re:Tip of the day (2)

aysa (452184) | more than 2 years ago | (#39206783)

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

Re:Tip of the day (1)

StoneyMahoney (1488261) | more than 2 years ago | (#39207189)

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.

Re:Tip of the day (1)

Like2Byte (542992) | more than 2 years ago | (#39207467)

Don't image google for flesh eating bacteria.

Oh, I gotta try this!

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

Re:Tip of the day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39207977)

Are you referring to the Susan Boyle photo?

What's become of gecko tape? (1)

AnotherAnonymousUser (972204) | more than 2 years ago | (#39207903)

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?

Re:What's become of gecko tape? (1)

triffid_98 (899609) | more than 2 years ago | (#39210721)

GeckoMan, GeckoMan, does whatever a Gecko can...

So pretty much a superhero who can sell car insurance and catch small insects.

Misleading title (2)

Jiro (131519) | more than 2 years ago | (#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.

Strength comparable to a nanotube? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39212581)

and much easier to produce. Could this be the basis of a new polymer fiber? One that might let us squirt a space elevator?

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