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The image was taken during an experiment devised to test the use of spider silk in the creation of biocompatible materials – a promising medium for targeted drug delivery and nerve tissue regeneration.
It’s believed that if it was possible to create a spider’s web as wide as a pencil, it would be strong enough to stop a train. Thanks to its unique properties, this material can find many applications in biomedicine.
Various species of spiders use silk from their spinnerets to produce threads for their webs. In science, these threads can serve as a multifunctional natural material for drug delivery and other medical applications.
ITMO University scientists in collaboration with their colleagues from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU University), Uppsala, Sweden, have developed biocomposites made of proteins based on natural spider silk and optically active nanoparticles. What is remarkable about the new material is that it combines the properties of natural silk fiber and synthetic particles. The biocomposite has unique mechanical characteristics and can give a detectable optical response when exposed to infrared radiation, which makes it a potential candidate for biomedical applications. This article was published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.