Using The Silk Worm

"The silk more typically known to people might be silk worm silk that is used in the textile industry. These are silk cocoons that are made by the mulberry caterpillar. [It] forms a cocoon around itself and you can get about a kilometre out of it. Silk worm silk needs to be 4 times stronger to be as good as spider silk. What [researchers] are trying to do it is to take spider silk genes and put them into silk worms. They have found the protein composition is only part of the story and a large part is the processing [by the silk worm or spider]. So [the resulting product] is actually more similar to silk worm silk as you've got a similar process." - Beth Mortimer, Oxford Silk Group

“The silk more typically known to people might be silk worm silk that is used in the textile industry. These are silk cocoons that are made by the mulberry caterpillar. [It] forms a cocoon around itself and you can get about a kilometre out of it. Silk worm silk needs to be 4 times stronger to be as good as spider silk. What [researchers] are trying to do it is to take spider silk genes and put them into silk worms. They have found the protein composition is only part of the story and a large part is the processing [by the silk worm or spider]. So [the resulting product] is actually more similar to silk worm silk as you’ve got a similar process.” – Beth Mortimer, Oxford Silk Group

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