Insect Biomaterial Models

The joint of the jumping leg of the flea contains resilin. Inset: Reslin fluoresces blue

Insects have many unique proteins with potentially useful characteristics. One such protein, resilin, is notable for its reversible extensibility (ability to stretch and return to form) without wear, tear or deformation of millions of cycles. Resilin has been proposed for a variety of uses including the treatment of human speech disorders by repairing the vocal folds. This idea, first proposed over a…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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