Publication Date: 6/10/2021
Outlet: Inside Science
Author: Shi En Kim

Eensy Weensy Spider Silk Takes the Temperature of a Single Cell

These fine filaments can funnel light from fluorescent nanoparticles, acting just like a teeny optical fiber.

Even though he works with spiders regularly, Yao Zhang, a physicist at Jinan University in China, admits he’s afraid of them. In fact, most of the people in his lab are, except for graduate student Zhiyong Gong, who keeps spiders as pets in his dorm. Naturally, Gong was the one who volunteered to harvest spider silk in the lab as part of the group’s efforts to study how the silk can be used to benefit the human world.

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