Flexible Insect Protein Inspires Super Rubber

12:17 minutes

Resilin is a protein found in insects that allows them to jump long distances and beat their wings quickly. The material stores and releases energy due to its unique structure. Biomedical engineer Kristi Kiick is researching how to use these pliable proteins for medical purposes.

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Kristi Kiick

Kristi Kiick is a professor of materials science & engineering and biomedical engineering at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.

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About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim is Science Friday’s associate producer. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.