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Keywords:

  • calorimetry;
  • phase transitions;
  • protein engineering;
  • self-assembly;
  • silk spinning
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Along came a spider… Spider silk is a fascinating biomaterial owing to its strength, extensibility, and toughness per unit weight which is unrivaled by man-made fibers. The spinning of spider silk corresponds to a transition from a liquid phase to a solid thread. The underlying mechanism of this transition has been investigated using a recombinantly produced spider silk protein.