Effective bullet-proof vests, space gear, and biodegradable fishing lines are all possible through this astonishing material.
“Any function that we can think of where you need something that requires a lightweight material that’s very strong, you can look to spider silk,”Cheryl Hayashi
- The various kinds of silks produced by spiders are a wonder of this world.
- Cheryl Hayashi has curated spider silk glands from 50 species. This is not even a dent in the vast number of spider species that exist – 48,000.
- Working at the lab in the American Museum of Natural History, she is uncovering genes that help in the production of these silks.
- Creating a Spider silk library may be helpful in designing the future we will live in.
- Nobody knows all the types of spider silk that exist. There are some species that can even produce more than one kind of silk.
- The reason behind the tensile difference is the puzzle Hayashi is trying to solve.
- The secret behind them probably relies on the genes that exist in the spiders’ DNA and finding these is no piece of cake.
- The advances in technology have led the task forward. Until recently, it was impossible to determine genes from beginning to end without chopping them up first.
- The daunting task this scientist has taken up may be the revolution in world tech we are all waiting on.