A Man Made Spider Web
The textile field is often one of the first to invent and benefit from new technology. The most recent innovation has been to make a material that is just like spider web silk. Did you know that there is a type of spider silk called Dragline, which is tougher than the material used to make bulletproof vests! The problem lies in the fact that textile designers are having difficulty turning silk proteins into a material they can use, that is until recently. Two spider silk proteins have been enhanced to make them self-assemble creating a nontoxic biodegradable material. Most of the research is being done in Sweden. Once completed, the fibers are very strong, allowing them to be worked in various textile methods. In the future, it may be useful for medical situations, like dressing wounds or helping to regenerate tissue.