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Harnessing the Power of Spider Silk

Katie SweeneyJul 17, 2013

In Biology Professor Craig Vierra's lab, an intricate web connects black widows and the Pacific students who are helping conduct groundbreaking research to untwine the secrets of the spiders' silks.

The venomous arachnids produce a silk that is five times stronger than steel of the same diameter. Vierra and his students are working on a way to unlock the human potential of this resilient fiber-everything from tougher tires and medical sutures to lighter (yet just as strong) bulletproof vests and aircraft bodies. Read more in Pacific Review.