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12/10/2007 03:57 PM ID: 67071 Permalink   

Japanese Develop New Socks from Spider Silk

 

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.

 
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  yay  
 
It's taken me almost 6 years, but finally I got my tenth news post, lol. At this rate, you can expect another news article from me in about a year or so, lol. Actually, I plan to post a little more often. There's always something new and interesting to share :) Till Then..
 
  by: theavenger8     12/10/2007 04:50 PM     
  10 Years is alot of time  
 
To be working on a pair of socks.
 
  by: Chrit   12/11/2007 06:07 AM     
  That is nothing  
 
I have a pair of underwear that are at least that old.

 
  by: Reamensa   12/11/2007 08:23 PM     
  Spiderman!  
 
the socks should have the ability to become sticky, just enough so that you can walk on walls with them.
 
  by: dongding   12/13/2007 03:53 PM     
 
 
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