158: Sticking or Stitching | English | Printed

by Gunter's Fables

This Fable is told through the eyes of a seal and a snail and looks at the various methods of healing wounds. Traditionally doctors stitch or staple injuries, but there is another method. Glue! It’s a natural derivative obtained from slugs, snails, barnacles and mussels who produce gels that are ideal as medical adhesives. These stick to wet surfaces, regardless of flexing or bending. Snail and slug gels have a lubricant that can be converted to glue because it contains minute amounts of naturally occurring zinc, calcium, iron and copper! Let's celebrate the genius embedded in the millions of species with whom we co-inhabit the Earth.

This Fable was inspired by Dr Marie-Paule Kieny. She is currently the chair of the Medicine Patent Pool, which signs licensing agreements for medicines to allow generic treatment for low and middle income countries. She monitors all the innovations related to medicines, and plays a critical role in making new products and services available, especially to those who cannot afford them.

Gunters Fables are structured to include the following learning guides and categories: Did you Know, Think about it, Teachers and Parents Guide, Academic Knowledge, Emotional Intelligence, The Arts, Systems: Making the Connections, Capacity to Implement and who the Fable is Inspired By!

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