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    First time on the forums, hello! Does anybody possess the knowledge of how spider silk is made in the spider, or how it could be synthetically created for human use?

    Any information would be greatly appreciated!


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    Why bother?, Kevlar has about twice the tensile strength and about the same density ( so weight for weight Kevlar is stronger). Plus, Kevlar is less prone to stretching.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Janus View Post
    Why bother?, Kevlar has about twice the tensile strength and about the same density ( so weight for weight Kevlar is stronger). Plus, Kevlar is less prone to stretching.
    But can kevlar be held in a tiny compartment and then exerted from said compartment into large amounts?
    And/or can kevlar be created in thin air by combining components?
    also, can kevlar be made with adhesive properties?
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    Doesn't help
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    Lots of scientists have tried. Google shows many people working on it.

    However, the spider has the advantage of small size -- they're light enough to be blown on the wind, and their silk only needs to be strong enough to support their own weight. This kind of thing doesn't "scale up" to human proportions.

    Despite Peter Parker.
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    Here is an interesting link about genetically engineered goats producing spider silk proteins in their milk:

    https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_rep...spidersilk.jsp
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    That raises ALL SORTS of bizarre mental images.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoCoPilot View Post
    That raises ALL SORTS of bizarre mental images.
    Whats next? A real life Spider-Man?
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