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Scientists make socks out of a silky web

December 12 2007

Japanese scientists have found a way by which you can create a web of fairly wide assortment of items - from socks and fishing line to body armor. Items are from spider silk, set up the production of which scientists from the University of Shinshu

To create a thread that is stronger, softer and longer than ordinary silk, scientists led by Masao Nagakaki successfully implemented a spider genes into the body of silkworms. Silkworms used to make cloth for more than five thousand years. However, the technology Nagakaki, the worm eggs injected genes spider spider Nephila Clavata. Caterpillars that emerge from the eggs weave cocoons, 10% consisting of a protein the spider, which in turn is converted into silk.

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