Spider's Silk Tech May be Key to Advancing Medical Implants, Oxford University and College of William and Mary Study
Published: Oct 10, 2013
The silk of a spider feared for its venomous bite could be the key to creating new super-sticky films and wafer-thin electronics and sensors for medical implants that are highly compatible with the human body. A team of scientists from Oxford University and The College of William and Mary (USA) studied the brown recluse spider (Loxosceles recluse), which produces super-thin ribbons of silk as opposed to the round fibres typically spun by spiders. The researchers report in the journal Advanced Materials this week how, in a world-first, they were able to reel and examine the unique properties of the brown recluse's silk ribbons.
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