You may find it easier to get along with our 8-legged friends after trying on a pair of these new silk socks. Scientists in Tokyo have announced they have created a new silk fabric consisting of 10 percent spider proteins and 90 percent silk.
Masao Nakagaki is the professor at Shinshu University who developed the new fabric after about 10 years of research. He believes his new silk is more economical, since it's a fully renewable resource, as opposed to current fibers made from petroleum.
It is considered very difficult to harvest the silk from spiders for commercial use, as they simply cannot produce enough. But success was finally reached by Masao Nakagaki and his team after injecting genes from a golden orb weaver into silkworms.