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© dpa - International
German Trends and Innovations

March 20, 2008

Hanging by a Thread

Spider’s silk is thinner than a human hair, but more tear-resistant than steel. No scientist had succeeded in reproducing these protein chains until recently, when biotechnologists at TU Munich managed this difficult feat. AMSilk, a spin-off from the university, will begin production of the laboratory spider’s silk in June. In addition to high-performance fibres for industry, it will primarily produce microcapsules made of silk for use as protective coverings for drugs. This robust material makes it possible to transport effective ingredients to specific regions of the body in a targeted way for the first time.

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© Deutschland magazine/February/March 2008/Roland Knauer



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