Porcupine quills create less-painful needles, adhesive materials
Langer, along with researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, are testing porcupine quills to develop new types of needles, adhesives, and other medical devices.
Porcupine quills could be used in creating less-painful needles or adhesives that can better bind internal tissues.
“With further research, biomaterials modeled based on porcupine quills could provide a new class of adhesive materials,” Langer told MIT last month.
This microscope image shows the tips of a porcupine’s quills.