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Icky, but Interesting! [Dec. 22nd, 2005|05:04 pm]
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The jaws of African fire ants are used as sutures for wounds in Kenya, Uganda, and parts of South Africa. After an operation is performed, an ant is allowed to bite into the two flaps of skin along the line of the incision. The ant’s body is then twisted off, leaving the head with it’s mandables locked into the skin like a stitch. A number of these miniature “stitches” are placed along a wound. During the healing process, they closely resemble modern surgical stitching.

[User Picture]From: boiledhamster
2005-12-22 03:30 pm (UTC)
Dude, still? Its almost 2006, and they are still using ant teeth? And how come whoever saw them doing this didn't point them in the right direction of alternative resources?
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[User Picture]From: boiledhamster
2005-12-22 03:32 pm (UTC)
Come to think of it, if the doctor was gonna stitch me up with ant teeth, I'd probably question his/her credibilty and try to go without the surgery as it was if at all possible.

But then again, maybe they don't know any differently.

Hmm, Americans are spoiled.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-12-22 05:13 pm (UTC)
Most of the West is medically spoiled.
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From: m_buggie
2005-12-22 10:59 pm (UTC)
Spoiled medically and in so many other ways, too.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-12-23 08:38 am (UTC)
Too true.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-12-22 05:12 pm (UTC)
Well, fire-ants are free. :)
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