Scientists unravel the mysterious mechanics of spider silk

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 16:00 in Biology & Nature

Scientists now have a better understanding of why spider silk fibers are so incredibly strong. Recent research, published by Cell Press on February 15th in Biophysical Journal, describes the architecture of silk fibers from the atomic level up and reveals new information about the molecular structure that underlies the amazing mechanical characteristics of this fascinating natural material.

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