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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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Re: Selling the Slime
Ann R. Thryft   1/18/2013 11:42:31 AM
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Chuck, do I detect a slight sense of irony in your comment? In any case, I agree--I've been amazed at the variety of sources, in nature and elsewhere, for potential materials.

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Charles Murray   1/17/2013 6:31:04 PM
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Great story, Ann. The beauty of Design News is that we can cover virtually any technology story, including fish slime.

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Ann R. Thryft   1/3/2013 8:11:57 PM
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Scott, I like those names!



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Re: Impressive work
Ann R. Thryft   1/2/2013 12:08:29 PM
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I agree Elizabeth--I'm continually impressed at the resources, and the variety of same, available in nature for materials and construction techniques.

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Impressive work
Elizabeth M   1/2/2013 5:54:03 AM
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A fascinating article, Ann. It never fails to impress me the lengths researchers will go as well as the creativity they use to find sources in nature for new materials and energy sources. It also shows just what an impressive force nature is and how complex it can be for humans to try to recreate natural materials, even with great ingenuity.

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Mydesign   1/2/2013 4:49:35 AM
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Ann, very interesting and a different topic. I think such topics apart from the normal one will be a great interest for most of our community members.

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NadineJ   12/30/2012 8:49:02 PM
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Fishilk is a good start!  But, is it vegan friendly?  That is a fast growing market today.

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Selling the Slime
Scott Orlosky   12/30/2012 5:41:13 PM
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I love this kind of stuff.  The diversity of life is amazing.  Maybe "Fishilk" or "Pescafiber" would make it more palatable for consumers?

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William K.   12/28/2012 4:20:45 PM
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Ann, my point is that the bacteria need to feed on someting and the specific needs will dwtermine exactly what that feedstock winds up being. As with most discoveries, the moving from a laboratory operation into a production environment is the bigger part of the task. Sometimes the adaptation to production winds up being the show-stopper.

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