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Video: Fish Slime Makes Tough, Silk-Like Fiber
12/27/2012

Researchers have discovered that the defensive slime exuded by hagfish may be a source of high-performance protein fibers that could replace petrochemical-based polymers, such as nylon and plastic fibers, and fabrics woven from them.   (Source: Wikimedia Commons/Peter Southwood)
Researchers have discovered that the defensive slime exuded by hagfish may be a source of high-performance protein fibers that could replace petrochemical-based polymers, such as nylon and plastic fibers, and fabrics woven from them.
(Source: Wikimedia Commons/Peter Southwood)

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Self-Assembling Fibers
Ann R. Thryft   12/28/2012 12:07:34 PM
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I couldn't agree with you more, Nadine, about the name "fish slime". It's pretty gross. William, for industrial production levels the proteins would eventually be created by bacteria, as stated in the article. The current work is figuring out the best process for creating them to ensure sufficient strength and stiffness.

William K.
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William K.   12/28/2012 9:26:50 AM
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This could indeed be a valuable discovery, although it appears that quite a bit of process development will be needed. Possibly the best part may be the independence from petro-chemical feedstock requirements, although we were not told just what the feedstock does come from.

There should be quite a range of applications for the final product, though.

As for the name, why not call then "armor-fish", which has a much better ring to it.

Greg M. Jung
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Self-Assembling Fibers
Greg M. Jung   12/27/2012 9:54:40 PM
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The video of the self-asembing fibers was eye-opening and looked promising.  I like the fact that this product could potentially displace some petro-chemical based polymers.

Cabe Atwell
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Cabe Atwell   12/27/2012 3:37:36 PM
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I am surprised that no one can artificially reproduce spider silk. I suppose nature wins again. 

Time to start harvesting from the world's largest spider web.

Lake Tawakoni State Park, n. Wills Point, Hunt Co., Texas

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NadineJ
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NadineJ   12/27/2012 1:14:04 PM
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I like this development but it needs to be renamed before it hits the public.

Slime fish silk isn't appealing.  I don't see any benefit yet.  If it can be as strong as spider silk in the future, that would be great.  It's too early to have an opinion or comment.

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