Latest Fibroin Stories

2014-01-29 23:22:27

Silktap converts silkworm cocoons into a liquid that serves as a key material input driving innovations in tissue engineering, drug delivery, and other biomedical fields. Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) January 29, 2014 Silktap, Inc. today announced the launch of its flagship liquid silk fibroin product, presenting an alternative that supplants the in-house, four-day process used throughout academic and commercial research labs worldwide. Silk fibroin is a biocompatible and biodegradable renewable...

2010-03-01 07:54:28

Like silkworm moths, butterflies and spiders, caddisfly larvae spin silk, but they do so underwater instead on dry land. Now, University of Utah researchers have discovered why the fly's silk is sticky when wet and how that may make it valuable as an adhesive tape during surgery. "Silk from caddisfly larvae "“ known to western fly fishermen as 'rock rollers' "“ may be useful some day as a medical bioadhesive for sticking to wet tissues," says Russell Stewart, an associate...

2009-08-31 13:05:00

There is a growing need for biocompatible photonic components for biomedical applications "“ from in vivo glucose monitoring to detecting harmful viruses or the telltale markers of Alzheimer's. Optical waveguides are of particular interest because of their ability to manipulate and transport light in a controlled manner in a variety of configurations.In an article featured on the cover of Advanced Materials, researchers at Tufts University and the University of Illinois at...

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