Hagfish Slime Thread: An Unlikely Natural Fiber That Rivals Spider Silk

by , 11/02/12   filed under: Fabrictionary

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HAGFISH SLIME THREAD \ˈhag-ˌfish ˈslīm ˈthred \

n 1: The fibrous protein component of the defensive slime of the hagfish (also known as Hyperotreti), an eel-shaped bottom-dwelling marine animal that is the only known living organism with a skull but no vertebral column. 2 a: An affordable, sustainable alternative to oil-based polymers as discovered by Atsuko Negishi, a researcher at the University of Guelph in Canada. 3 a: A member of the “intermediate filament” family of proteins, with remarkable mechanical properties that rival those of spider silk. b: Has the potential to be isolated, purified spun, and woven into high-performance biomaterials.

[Via Ecotextile News]

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