According to a new study published recently in the American Chemical Society’s ACS Nano journal, Singaporean scientists believe the teeth on squid tentacles could eventually be used to create bio-material for reconstructive surgery or even eco-friendly packaging, the New York Daily News reported on July 2.
The sharp teeth located on suction cups lining squids’ tentacles, also called squid sucker ring teeth (SRT), are used by squid to capture smaller marine animals for food. They are made entirely of proteins that scientists found can be reshaped and reformed into new forms. Researchers said the SRT could replace hopes for spider silk, whose strength and flexibility scientists have been attempting to utilize for years.
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