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Future Fibers May Be Spun From Slime

NPR | Dec. 26, 2012 8:36 a.m.

The hagfish or “slime eel” shoots out slime containing silk-like fibers of remarkable strength. Douglas Fudge, a biologist at the University of Guelph, says it could be a good substitute for today’s synthetic fibers—it’s 10 times stronger than nylon, for example—and bacteria can be trained to make it.

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