The science that allows a gecko to cling to a ceiling has been harnessed for use in medicine.
Inspired by the sticky pads on the lizard’s toes, scientists have invented a bandage that can repair internal injuries without the need for stitches or staples.
After a few weeks, the bandage dissolves, leaving the wound repaired.
The surface of the bandage has the same kind of microscopic hills and valleys that help give gecko feet their uniquely adhesive properties.
Layered over this is a thin coating of glue that helps it stick to wet surfaces – including heart, bladder or lung tissue.