Three Other Scientific
Biomaterials Based On Squids’
Sucker Ring Teeth
So far, scientists are only beginning
to unravel the potential of squids’
sucker ring teeth (SRT). But recent,
promising findings have kept many
research teams hot on the trail of
turning the natural tech of SRT into
useful biomaterials that could be
used in reconstructive surgery.
The magic of SRT lies in its molecular structure. Because it’s made
entirely of proteins, it’s unique from
other types of “bones” in the environment that require minerals or other
substances to successfully perform
their functions. These proteins, known
as suckerins, make the SRT incredibly
strong and flexible, and are similar to
proteins found in silk — only better.
Recently, scientists also discovered that the suckerin proteins are
comprised of “beta-sheet” polymer
networks that are thermoplastic
(meaning that they melt when heated
and harden when cooled).
Although scientists say that
they’re still a long way from commercializing a product based on
this technology, they see promise in many biomaterial applications including scaffolds to grow
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