Chinese researchers say their high-performance silk is cheaper and easier to produce than lab-made spider silk. Photo: Shutterstock
Chinese researchers say their high-performance silk is cheaper and easier to produce than lab-made spider silk. Photo: Shutterstock
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Chinese scientists say their silkworms beat spider fibre for strength

  • New process creates silk that is 70 per cent tougher than the stronger-than-steel version spun by spiders, researchers say
  • It can be used for clothing, surgical stitches and other medical devices, according to team in China

Chinese researchers say their high-performance silk is cheaper and easier to produce than lab-made spider silk. Photo: Shutterstock
Chinese researchers say their high-performance silk is cheaper and easier to produce than lab-made spider silk. Photo: Shutterstock
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