Can spider silk be utilized to develop a lens for imaging?

Written by Kate Lovesey (Future Science Group)

Spider silk for biomedical imaging web

Researchers at Tamkang University (Taipei City, Taiwan) and National Yang-Ming University (Taipei, Taiwan) recently published research in the Journal of Applied Physics, detailing the development of a dome lens using dragline spider silk, which is capable of imaging at nanoscale objectives in different depths within biological tissues. A spider can spin many different types of silk, each possessing properties that are suitable for various functions. Spiders spin and use a particular type of silk termed dragline silk to create the spokes of their web. Dragline spider silk has been well studied for its use in biomedical applications due to its non-toxicity,...

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