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October 10 2013

Brown Recluse Spider’s Silk Is Strong and Really Strange


One of the most feared spiders in North America might soon be known for something other than its notoriously nasty venom: really strange silk.

The brown recluse spider spins a silk unlike any other produced by known arachnids or insects. Instead of being round, the recluse silk fibers are flat and extremely thin, like a silky nanoribbon. And they’re spotted with tiny spherical dots, a team of scientists reports today in Advanced Materials.

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