Researchers believe that a porcupine’s barbs can point out the way to better needles for injection

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Intravenous products: Medical Daily report “A team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston believes that the porcupine’s barbs can point out the way to better needles. The researchers studied porcupines’ quills and created synthetic ones of their own. They found that porcupines’ quills have microscopic barbs at the pointed tips. As many a dog has unfortunately discovered, those barbs are what make the quills so difficult to remove. The barbs also spell out why the quills can be inserted into the skin so effortlessly.”

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