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2015 News in Brief



Pedro Reis untangles the mechanics of knots

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Professor Pedro Reis and his team analyzed the mechanical forces of simple knots to devise a theory that describes how a knot’s topology determines its mechanical forces. This theory, he says, holds potential positive impact for future surgical procedures. “Surgeons have a great deal of experience, and they know one knot is better for a stitching procedure than another knot,” Reis said, adding “but can we further inform the process? We might show that some other knots, done in a certain way, may be preferable.” Read the article here.