The elaborate structure of spider silk

  title={The elaborate structure of spider silk},
  author={Lin R{\"o}mer and Thomas R Scheibel},
  pages={154 - 161}
Biomaterials, having evolved over millions of years, often exceed man‑made materials in their properties. Spider silk is one outstanding fibrous biomaterial which consists almost entirely of large proteins. Silk fibers have tensile strengths comparable to steel and some silks are nearly as elastic as rubber on a weight to weight basis. In combining these two properties, silks reveal a toughness that is two to three times that of synthetic fibers like Nylon or Kevlar. Spider silk is also… 

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