Spider silk as archetypal protein elastomer.

  title={Spider silk as archetypal protein elastomer.},
  author={Fritz Vollrath and David Porter},
  journal={Soft matter},
  volume={2 5},
We present an overview of the physical properties of spider silks, and introduce a model designed to study the energy absorbed by the material as it stretches before breaking. Of particular interest are the inter- and intramolecular hydrogen bonds as well as the role of water in modifying the material properties of silk. A solid understanding of this interaction is of paramount importance for any deeper insights into the mechanical properties of any biomaterial. Here we note that the typical… 
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