Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Shrimp-like crustacean makes underwater silk


Oxford University (UK) researchers discovered a novel silk production system in a marine
amphipod that provides insights into the wider potential of natural silks. The tube-building corophioid amphipod Crassicorophium bonellii produces a material that is sort of a combination between the cement barnacles use to affix themselves to rocks and ship hulls, and spider silk. If duplicated in an industrial process, it could lead to beneficial materials for use in medical implant products. www.ox.ac.uk.
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