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A Japenese company genetically modified bacteria to produce a special protein that can be spun into silk, for US brand The North Face
Quelle:: Goldwin Inc and Spiber Inc
Spider silk is known to be harder than steel and tougher than the synthetic Kevlar, which makes it a desirable material in the textile industry. However, it is extremely difficult to forcefully acquire silk from spiders.
Thus, the Japanese company Spiber has been focusing on the development of synthetic silk by decoding the gene that produces fibroin in spiders and then genetically modifying bacteria to produce the protein for artificial silk.
The first outerwear prototype that was made with artificial silk is called Moon Parka - a joint venture between Spiber and Goldwin, the marketer of The North Face in Japan.
In comparison to most sports outerwear products, synthetic spider silk materials are at a considerable advantage, because they are comprised of proteins that are eco-friendly and do not depend on petroleum, which is used in the production of synthetic polymer materials, like polyester and nylon.