Birth of The Surgical Glove

We’ve come to take nitrile gloves for granted, especially in these Covid-19 times. But did you know their pedigree?

First, there were latex gloves. Nitrile gloves were introduced only in the 1990s, and are more resilient to chemicals than are latex gloves. Besides, the introduction of nitrile gloves enabled those with latex allergies to protect themselves with much less concern when carrying out medical procedures.

Hevea brasiliensis is the primary and natural source of rubber which is used in the manufacture of latex products. Nitrile based products are…

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Employed at Yale University, Deepti is primarily a scientist & patient advocate. She runs Tilde Cafe, a forum to make science accessible (www.tildecafe.org)

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Deepti Pradhan

Employed at Yale University, Deepti is primarily a scientist & patient advocate. She runs Tilde Cafe, a forum to make science accessible (www.tildecafe.org)