Scientists Decipher Puzzle of Silkworms and Spiders

Discovery opens way to creating lighter, stronger fabrics.

Published: 28-Aug-2003

Researchers in the US have cracked the secret of the world's most efficient fabric manufacturers - the spider and the silkworm.

A team from Tufts University in Boston report in today's issue of Nature that it has discovered how the creatures control the structure of the proteins in their silk-spinning glands.

Humans have been exploiting the silkworm for more than 2,000 years without understanding how the silk is made.

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