Slugs are a gardener's nightmare and efforts are made to eradicate the slugs.
Damn things come out at night and munch on the greens in the garden.
We squash them and poison them; or at least some people do.
But, the humble slug has captivated the minds of medical researchers.
The slime of the slug has been studied and now replicated with reasonable success. Its use as an adhesive is a medical break-through. The laboratory made slug slime is now emerging as an adhesive and is being used during surgery instead of staples and stitches. At least, it worked well during surgery on a pig.
A great outcome by scientific study of the simple slug.