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Anceint Fiber, New Uses
Hugh Bollinger

Anceint Fiber, New Uses

Silkworm cocoons (credit: Wikipedia)


From tiny silkworms, a wondrous natural fiber is produced, silk. Once considered a luxury, silk fabrics gave their name to an ancient trading route that led across Asia to Europe. How silk was produced was a closely guarded secret that controlled the production process. Eventually it was learned that the fiber produced by cultivating the larvae of certain moths. The silk with worms spun for their cocoon serves as the basis for a myriad of new products with important medical uses. The novel biotechnological applications now being created are myriad but they still depend on the tiny worms to produce the fiber as their starting material. WHB


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