Bio-inspired bleeding control
Picture source: Peter Allen Illustration
Highlight: “Researchers have turned to the human body’s own mechanisms for inspiration in dealing with the necessary and complicated process of coagulation. By creating nanoparticles that mimic the shape, flexibility and surface biology of the body’s own platelets, they are able to accelerate natural healing processes while opening the door to therapies and treatments that can be customized to specific patient needs.”
Insight: In nature desired outcomes are often the result of a perfect match between shapes that interact with one another (down to the molecular level). Artificiality reproducing one part of this puzzle in order to induce a similar interaction with living systems is a great idea full of potential in field such as pharmacology, medicine or even engineering. We should seek more actively these matching pairs in natural systems and try to mimic at least one of them..
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What is Biomimetics: the field of gaining inspiration from nature first to solve some of our most difficult challenges. Instead of coming up with our own solutions to a problematic, the odds are that species on the planet already offer an ultimate solution. This simple fact is also another strong case to preserve species at all cost as the intellectual heritage contained within or through the study of species is both irreplaceable and invaluable…