Video: U.K. Markets May Soon Sell Crab Shell Bandages
Soon the U.K. market may be flooded with bandages made of crab shells. Researchers at the University of Bolton have created wound dressings with chitosan, a mineral that is located in crustacean shells, according to the Daily Mail. This has some curative properties, which can even kill bacteria.
The method is based on a practice in ancient China, in which crabs were smashed open and inserted into wounds that would prevent them from getting septic, according to The Mirror.
"Alginate and chitosan both have a history of being used in medicine. Chitosan is naturally antimicrobial and accelerates wound healing activity, so it does heal and kill bacteria," lead research professor Mohsen Miraflab said.
The alchite wound dressing is almost geared up for commercial sales, according to the University of Bolton. It will be manufactured in China and sold to the English customers in the UK market.
Developers plan to use this method to make more than $350 million USD.
It took one decade to create the bandage. The university says that its team is the first that has created a strong fiber to dress wounds.