4/2/2013

Scientists are studying the strange, protective slime produced by a 500-million-year-old species to fend off predators. The hagfish, a bottom-dwelling sea creature, releases a slime that forms a strong, stretchy layer when mixed with ocean water. The slime consists of small proteins that could be copied artificially, researchers say. Scientists think the material could be used for athletic clothing and even bulletproof vests.

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