Navigation Links
Sticky questions tackled in gecko research
Date:12/20/2007

Velcro, Superglue and Post-It Notes Three things that started out as obscure inventions but are now indispensable for everyday life. So what will the next idea to stick with modern society look like" The answer may lie in the tiny toes of a humble lizard, according to a University of Calgary biologist who is trying to figure out how geckos can cling to virtually any surface, including glass.

Unlike most creatures, geckos dont use sticky secretions to help them hang on, its all due to the structure of their amazing skin, says professor Anthony Russell, one of the worlds leading experts on the gecko family of lizards. Figuring out how they are able to run across ceilings and walk up windows is remarkably complex but it is getting a lot of attention because of the possible technology it could yield.

The latest development in gekkotan adhesive research is a paper by Russell and U of C graduate student Megan Johnson published in the current issue of the Canadian Journal of Zoology. Its one of the only studies to look at how a geckos unique toe pads enable it to move through its natural habitat.

Almost all of the research that has been done has looked at how geckos can walk on glass and other smooth surfaces, but of course their feet evolved for moving over very different surfaces, Russell said. By looking at how they climb up rocks and other natural surfaces we are hoping to gain an even better understanding of their adhesive system because coping with rough and unpredictable terrain poses quite different problems than does smooth and even ones. This calls for examining both the animals and the terrain they use at the microscopic level.

Unlike tree frogs and many insects that use some form glue-like fluid to get a grip, geckos are dry danglers. Their fan-shaped, highly flexible feet enable them to get traction on a wide range of surfaces while moving or standing, either up, down, or upside down. This gravity-defying power lies in the tens to
'/>"/>

Contact: Grady Semmens
gsemmens@ucalgary.ca
403-220-7722
University of Calgary
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. UNC study questions FDA genetic-screening guidelines for cancer drug
2. TAU scientists probe deep questions aboard EcoOceans environmental research ship
3. New research on structure of bones raises questions for treatment of osteoporosis
4. Research shows skeleton to be endocrine organ
5. Newly created cancer stem cells could aid breast cancer research
6. Dominant cholesterol-metabolism ideas challenged by new research
7. Researchers identify proteins involved in new neurodegenerative syndrome
8. Texas researchers and educators head for Antarctica
9. MGH researchers describe new way to identify, evolve novel enzymes
10. University of Pennsylvania researchers develop formula to gauge risk of disease clusters
11. University of Oregon researcher finds that on waters surface, nitric acid is not so tough
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/5/2015)... , 5. Februar 2015 Marken ... Logistikunternehmen und hat eine neue Marketingkampagne gestartet, ... (Clinical Logistics Organization – CLO) der Branche ... lautet First , mit Schwerpunkt auf ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150205/173753 Logo - ...
(Date:2/5/2015)... -- New Market Research Reports Title Global ... 2020 has Been Added to GrandViewReseach.com Report Database ... reach USD 5.10 billion by 2020, according to a ... help identify the site of tissue damage in case ... in medical imaging applications. They have been extensively used ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... Jan. 22, 2015 Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/4trb7t/biometrics_a ... A Global Market Overview" report to their offering. ... to ensure that an individual is who she/he is claiming ... use of a person,s unique physical characteristics, such as fingerprint, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Marken startet Kampagne mit Patienten im Mittelpunkt 2Marken startet Kampagne mit Patienten im Mittelpunkt 3IR Camera Market Worth $5.10 Billion By 2020: Grand View Research, Inc. 2IR Camera Market Worth $5.10 Billion By 2020: Grand View Research, Inc. 3Biometrics - A Global Market Overview 2Biometrics - A Global Market Overview 3
... try to reach for a break in the canopy formed ... avoidance syndrome or SAS. Now, the molecular details of SAS ... Institute for Biological Studies. To step out of ... for the synthesis of the plant growth hormone auxin that ...
... Cold Spring Harbor, NY In the neuromuscular disease ... caused by a single gene mutation leads to serious ... control. Now, in laboratory experiments, researchers at ... induced cells to replenish the protein by activating an ...
... born with silver spoons in their mouths. The same ... world, according to research done in part by the ... squirrels in Kluane, Yukon, revealed that advantageous silver spoon ... between birth and weaning could reflect later on each ...
Cached Biology News:A place in the sun 2A place in the sun 3Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory scientists devise potential approach to treat spinal muscular atrophy 2
(Date:3/5/2015)... The next implants made from the PEEK-OPTIMA® ... (European) approval. The CE mark is necessary for distributing ... the European Union. Following the Class IIb approval route, ... supplied by the Turkey-based company Osimplant for the treatment ... Expandable Bladed HA PEEK Cage line of spinal implants, ...
(Date:3/4/2015)...  Brooklyn residents now have a new place to ... injuries. Nunzio Saulle , M.D., a board-certified physiatrist, ... NJS Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) practice in ... 2015. Health Plus Management, LLC is managing the day-to-day ... Flatbush Avenue. This new PM&R practice will treat patients ...
(Date:3/4/2015)... PRC Clinical, a full-service, Contract ... Area, will exhibit and present at the Outsourcing ... March 25th and 26th in Tel Aviv, Israel. ... life science companies seeking to conduct U.S. Food and ... all phases of human trials, from Phase I studies ...
(Date:3/4/2015)... California (PRWEB) March 04, 2015 ... (PCR) represents one of the fastest growing technologies in ... biologists in subcellular visualization is driving growth in nucleic ... for deeper understanding of gene expressions will continue to ... Expanding applications in fields ranging from pharma, biotech, food ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Invibio’s PEEK-OPTIMA® HA Enhanced Gains Momentum: New Implant Receives European Approval 2Invibio’s PEEK-OPTIMA® HA Enhanced Gains Momentum: New Implant Receives European Approval 3NJS Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Opening on Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 2PRC Clinical to Present at Inaugural Outsourcing in Clinical Trials Israel Conference 2015 on March 25 and 26th in Tel Aviv 2PRC Clinical to Present at Inaugural Outsourcing in Clinical Trials Israel Conference 2015 on March 25 and 26th in Tel Aviv 3PRC Clinical to Present at Inaugural Outsourcing in Clinical Trials Israel Conference 2015 on March 25 and 26th in Tel Aviv 4Focus on Quantifying Nucleic Acid Molecules Spurs Growth in the qPCR & dPCR Instrumentation Market, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. 2Focus on Quantifying Nucleic Acid Molecules Spurs Growth in the qPCR & dPCR Instrumentation Market, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. 3Focus on Quantifying Nucleic Acid Molecules Spurs Growth in the qPCR & dPCR Instrumentation Market, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. 4
... ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 13 MichBio, the ... its 2007/8 Michigan Life,Sciences Directory and Resources ... sciences companies. The guide includes editorial pages ... the University,Research Corridor, the Michigan Universities Commercialization ...
... Mo. and FREDERICK, Md., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/,-- To ... services,Midwest Research Institute (MRI) announced today the launch ... -- a center staffed by an,internationally recognized team ... to provide a diverse range of specialized,laboratory consulting ...
... Multiplexing Technology Symposium Brings Together Thought Leaders,in Life ... Best Practices, OOSTERHOUT, Netherlands, Sept. 13 ... in multiplexed solutions,today announced the agenda for Planet ... symposium. The two-day event will be,held 2-3 October ...
Cached Biology Technology:Midwest Research Institute Launches Center for Biological Safety and Security (CBS2) 2Luminex Corporation Hosts the Fifth Annual Planet xMAP Europe 2007 Symposium 2Luminex Corporation Hosts the Fifth Annual Planet xMAP Europe 2007 Symposium 3
Rabbit polyclonal to Survivin DEx3 ( Abpromise for all tested applications). entrezGeneID: 332 SwissProtID: O15392...
Smac/DIABLO (mouse) (CT) rabbit polyclonal antibody...
ABCA1 Immunogen: Mouse ABCA1-expressing HeLa stable transfectants. Storage: -20 C, Avoid Freeze/Thaw Cycles...
Anti-rat Dipeptidyl Peptidase IV (DPP IV), CD26, Clone 5E8, Monoclonal Antibody...
Biology Products: