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Publication of arachnid DNA sequences spurs search for more spider secrets

Scientists on Tuesday published the first spider genome, helping the quest to uncover secrets which could lead to smarter insecticides and man-made super-strong spider silk. Bio-researchers led by Trine Bilde at Denmark’s Aarhus University unravelled the DNA sequence of the tarantula and the African social velvet spider, each representing the…

Scientist makes violin strings from spider silk

A Japanese scientist said he has made violin strings out of spider silkand claims that — in the right hands — they produce a beautiful sound. Thousands of the tiny strands can be wound together to produce a strong but flexible string that is perfect for the instrument, saidShigeyoshi Osaki, professor of polymer…