Web edition: January 14, 2013
Big marine predators that try to snack on a hagfish get a nasty surprise. When threatened, the slender hagfish releases enough snotty goo to gag a shark.
Materials scientists from Douglas Fudge’s laboratory at the University of Guelph have now found a way to create strong, stretchy fibers from the slime. These might one day be used in parachutes, packing materials or even — if you’re brave enough to wear it — clothing. The researchers recently introduced the idea of making fabric from hagfish mucus.
R. Ehrenberg. Repellent slime has material virtues. Science News, Vol.183, January 26, 2013, p. 14. [Go to]