Perspectives

Putting a New Spin on Spider Silk

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

Summary

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.