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Slippery When Coated: Helping Medical Devices Prevent Blood Clots
National Public Radio

A carnivorous plant has inspired an invention that may turn out to be a medical lifesaver. Nepenthes, also known as tropical pitcher plants or monkey cups, produce a superslippery surface that causes unfortunate insects that climb into the plant to slide to their doom.

Scientists at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering wondered if they could find a way to mimic that surface to solve a problem in medicine.