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Porcupine quills have medical use, say Harvard researchers

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Porcupine quills have a unique way of piercing and staying embedded in the skin. Researchers at Harvard and MIT are looking at how that information can be used medically. (CBC)

They may be a pain when they become stuck in a dog's snout, but some day porcupine quills might be instrumental in saving your life.

Scientists from Harvard and MIT have learned some helpful things from the way porcupine quills pierce and stay in the skin, and that could revolutionize aspects of the medical profession.

Jeffrey Karp is one of the researchers behind the discovery, he joins host Chris Walker from a studio at Harvard University.

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