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For years, researchers have been looking at spider silk's properties to try to re-create it into supermaterials tougher than Kevlar or steel. We're still learning a lot about how spider silk is made and what its structures are, so it'll probably be a few more decades before everyone is wearing clothes made from spider silk. In the meantime, here are a few interesting articles on spider silk. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.
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    Jack Lloyd, 3 May 2012 @ 6:49am

    We do not have to wait for decades for spider silk clothes. Here are links to the future of material science. A company call Kraig Biocraft is leading the way using transgenic silkworms to produce spider silk in commercial quantities.

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America January 17, 2012 Issue, Article Titled:
    Silkworms Transformed with Chimeric Silkworm/Spider Silk Genes Spin Composite Silk Fibers with Improved Mechanical Properties.
    http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/01/02/1109420109.abstract

    Spider Silk Potential Unleashed:
    http://www.textileworld.com/Articles/2012/January/Jan-Feb_issue/Departments/QFOM_Spider_Silk.html

    6 Spider-Silk Super Powers:
    http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/health/med-tech/6-spider-silk-superpowers#slide-1



    Published by MIT

    Transgenic Worms Make Tough Fibers:
    http://www.technologyreview.com/biomedicine/26623/page1/



    Silk Spinning The Genetically Modified Way:
    www.labnews.co.uk/features/silk-spinning-the-genetically-modified-way/

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