Arthropod cuticle, found in insects, spiders and crustaceans, has provided inspiration for a new material that is strong, cheap, biodegradable and biocompatible (Photo: me'nthedogs via Flickr)
Web-slinging arachnids already have researchers toiling away looking to replicate the remarkable properties of spider silk. Now spiders, along with their insect and crustacean arthropod cousins, have provided inspiration for a new material that is cheap to produce, biodegradable, and biocompatible. Its creators say the material, dubbed "Shrilk," has the potential to replace plastics in consumer products and could also be used safely in a variety of medical applications, such as suturing wounds or serving as scaffolding for tissue regeneration.
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