Imaging a future where you no longer have to take off that annoying bandage once your healed...
Penn State's department of food science has come up with just that, a bandage that is made up of fibrous strands of biodegradable food-starch and dissolves over time.
.....hmmmmmm... great... now how 'bout that cure for cancer?
Starch is the most abundant and least expensive of all the natural polymers, so bringing this technique to scale for industrial processes would be a highly cost-effective—not to mentiongreen—development. Other than cost, one consumer benefit of starch-based bandages would be their painlessness. Unlike conventional bandages on the market today, which are often painful to remove—a starch bandage would over time degrade into glucose—or sugar—a substance naturally and safely absorbed by the body.