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Isabelle Marcotte work among the "50 challenges for 2050" by the magazine Québec Science.
Friday 19 October 2012
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In its special 50th anniversary edition, the popular science magazine Québec Science has met nearly hundred young researchers, including Pr. Isabelle Marcotte, working on 50 challenges facing our society by 2050 in the areas of medicine, social sciences, technology, basic science and agriculture.

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Reconstruction of human tissue

Professor Isabelle Marcotte looks over mussels silk, the byssus, which allows the molluscs to attach to rocks. A little weaker than spider silk and also extensible, byssal silk consists of a long protein rich into collagen (which forms the human skin), says the researcher who studies the structure.

Isabelle Marcotte's team transforms the byssus into a nontoxic biofilm where the cells can grow. This biomaterial could be used to make artificial tendons, suture strand and vehicles to deliver drugs.

Source : UQAM, Québec Science.