Published on 30th October 2014 by

Catalyst: Wings of Wonder – The research into medical implants inspired by the natural texture of insect wings

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Titanium plates are key materials for creating surgical implants: they’re light, durable, and strong, but with a critical flaw. Bacteria thrive on titanium surfaces, and so surgeons require new options that are safer for patients. The answer is not what you would expect. Anja Taylor reports on how scientists are developing new surgical implants with surfaces mimicking the properties of insect wings, in order to seek greater safety for patients in the operating theatre.

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