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The Amphiphilic Properties of Spider Silks Are Important for Spinning


  • This work was supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (SCHE 603/4-1, 4-2).


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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.