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-- For the recipe for a strong waterproof glue, researchers at Idaho National Engineering & Environmental Laboratory are turning to the experts: mussels. These critters have been clinging tenaciously to underwater objects for centuries. Their tentacles produce an epoxy-like substance as strong as any superglue. The Idaho scientists hope to unravel the glue's secret by cloning mussel genes. That could lead not only to a method of mass production but also to new ways of preventing mussels and mollusks from glomming onto boats.

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