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Issue 20, 2011
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There are many more lessons still to be learned from spider silks

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Abstract

At the heart of ‘copying from Nature’ lies the implied assumptions that, firstly, researchers understand what they propose to copy and that, secondly, industrialists have found ways to successfully integrate the many requirements necessary for a reliable bio-mimetic copying process. Here we explore the traits of native silks and examine the assertions associated with man-made copies focusing on the question: why do the various assertions and claims matter, and why is a critical evaluation appropriate for a special themed issue on biomimetic soft matter?

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The article was received on 03 May 2011, accepted on 06 Jun 2011 and first published on 22 Jun 2011


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05812F
Soft Matter, 2011,7, 9595-9600

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    There are many more lessons still to be learned from spider silks

    F. Vollrath, D. Porter and C. Holland, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 9595
    DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05812F

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