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    Spinning Fine Threads: Silkworms coerced to make better silk

    The caterpillars that spin commercial silk can make much tougher or more elastic threads, depending on how fast they're forced to spin.

    If this research finding is translated into a marketable process for obtaining silk, the fibers could rival those of widely acclaimed but commercially impractical spider silk, says Fritz Vollrath of Oxford University.

    Many scientists hold...

    08/14/2002 - 10:03 Materials