Living With Synthetic Spider Silk

Funnel Web: Agelenopsis species

Arthropod silks are proteins. They can be produced through genetic engineering technology as a mass of protein in bioreactors. When arthropods produce silk strands they force the protein through a structure known as a spinnerette. The physical forces on the protein as it passes through the spinnerette turns the disorganized protein mass into linear strands. The limitation to production of artificial silks has been the lack of an artificial spinnereatte that…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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