From the mandibles of a creepy crawly to your body comes a revolution in biomedical engineering. It’s worm spit, from the silk worm moth caterpillar, although you may know it by its more common name, silk. Dr. David Kaplan explains how bioengineers at Tufts University are crafting this versatile protein into a myriad of medical materials. For more on the wonders of worm spit, read this related article, and try this cocoon dissection activity.
Produced by Luke Groskin
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