Super strong bio-engineered spider silk on the way

03/6/2014 | Economic Times (India), The

Scientists at several companies are honing in on genetically engineered spider silk stronger than steel and usable in bulletproof vests and medical implants. And theoretically, the silk could be used to stop a speeding train, as the hero did in the movie "Spider-Man 2," according to this article. "We calculated roughly how thick the fibers were, how many of them he had attached to the walls, how much the locomotive and people weighed, and how fast it appeared to be going," said Randy Lewis, professor of biological engineering at Utah State University. "Spider-Man would have been able to stop that train."

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