Putting a New Spin on Spider Silk

Science  05 Jan 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5245, pp. 39-40
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5245.39


The dragline silk spun by spiders exhibits unusual tensile strength and the energy required to break it can be higher than that of Kevlar. In his Perspective, Tirrell comments on a research report in the same issue by Simmons et al. (p. 84) that elucidates some of the structural properties that give spider silk its impressive characteristics.