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C.-Y. Chiang, C. M. Mello, J. Gu, E. C. C. M. Silva, K. J. Van Vliet and A. M. Belcher Weaving Genetically Engineered Functionality into Mechanically Robust Virus Fibers Advanced Materials 19

Version of Record online: 19 FEB 2007 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.200602262

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Functionality-tunable fibers fabricated from the M13 virus are found to have mechanical toughness and strength comparable to synthetic homopolymer fibers. The desired functionality can be programmed by manipulating the virus genome (see figure and cover). The tunable functionalities and mechanical properties of the virus fibers show the promise of various applications.

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