The Spool

Category: Science!

How Much Does It Cost to Make Spider Silk Without Spiders?

If you’re a regular reader of The Spool you already know that we’re not the first group to harness the power of spider silk, either from spiders themselves or by developing technology.

The many approaches used over time have various advantages and disadvantages, including cost of manufacture. In fact, one of the questions we get asked most often is: How much will your silk sell for?

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Why Making Spider Silk Is So Tricky: The Sequel

Over the past few decades, a number of groups have tried to make spider silk via modern biotechnology techniques, but spider silk textile products still aren’t available for sale. Why not, and what are we doing differently? (more…)

Why Making Spider Silk Is So Tricky

Why has the dream of making tons of spider silk been so elusive, and how are we finally turning that dream into a reality? (more…)

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