Scientists from Japan's Waseda University and the National Defense Medical College created a new material to be used as a repair patch during surgical procedures. Functionally similar to cellophane, in that it naturally sticks to surfaces, the new material can be made to be one thousand times thinner than what you wrap sandwiches in.
"This is the world's thinnest adhesive plaster," said Toshinori Fujie, a researcher involved in the joint project by Tokyo's private Waseda University and the National Defense Medical College.
In an experiment repeated several times, the team placed a square piece of the new nano-sheet onto a six-millimetre-wide hole in a dog's lung.
The sheet was strong enough to withstand the pressure of the dog's breathing and helped the wounds heal within one month, leaving no visible trace, Fujie said.
Researchers hope to launch human clinical trials in three years.