Synthetic spider silk is strong, soft and possibly revolutionary

07/8/2013 | FastCoExist

A synthetic thread made with genetic engineering and fermentation reproduces the extraordinary strength of spider's silk that, when woven into a fabric, retains a soft texture, according to this article. Inventor Kazuhide Sekiyama says the Qmonos material uses no petroleum and could have telling effects in such widely varying applications as wind turbines and medical devices -- once it can be made even lighter and stronger.

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