Artificial spider silk, SEM

Artificial spider silk, SEM

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Caption: Artificial spider silk, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). Spider's silk is made of a protein polymer called fibroin. This protein was was produced by genetically modified bacteria and then spun into silk (white). The silk has then been spun onto a nylon (brown) to form a mesh. Magnification: x660 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.

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Keywords: artificial, biomaterial, blue background, chemical, chemistry, coloured, false-coloured, fibroin, genetically engineered, genetically modified, materials science, mesh, no-one, nobody, nylon, scanning electron micrograph, scanning electron microscope, sem, spider silk, synthetic

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