News tagged with silk proteins

Engineering self-assembling amyloid fibers

Nature has many examples of self-assembly, and bioengineers are interested in copying or manipulating these systems to create useful new materials or devices. Amyloid proteins, for example, can self-assemble into the tangled ...

dateJan 26, 2015 in Bio & Medicine
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What does Spiderman eat for breakfast?

While stuck in a hotel room I got sucked into watching the 2002 Spiderman movie. And it struck me that Peter Parker must have an enormously high-protein diet to generate all that spider silk he goes through. So being the ...

dateJan 29, 2015 in Materials Science
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Silkworms spinning spider webs

( -- A spiders silk is strong and more elastic and has a large range of possible medical applications. However, spiders have a history of being territorial and prone to cannibalism, so the idea of having a large ...

dateJan 03, 2012 in Biotechnology report
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