Learning from nature's silky skills

Why have we never been able to manufacture fibers as strong and tough as the silks spun by silkworms and spiders?

Cool crystals and hot climates

A crystalline structure used by a silkworm virus to protect itself from the elements may provide similar protection for human vaccines in challenging tropical climates and remote regions.

Silkworms spin colored silks while on a 'green' dyed-leaf diet

For some 5,000 years, cultivated silkworms have been spinning luxurious white silk fibers destined for use in the finest clothing. But current dyeing practices produce wastewater that contains potentially harmful toxins, ...

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