Researchers at Shinshu University have succeeded in injecting spider genes into silkworms to create a thread that is stronger, softer and more durable than conventional silk. A Japanese manufacturer is already experimenting with the thread, and spider socks, stockings and even fishing lines are expected to appear on the market within a few years.
The possible applications of spider thread go beyond clothing. The material is biodegradable, and could replace synthetics used in such diverse items as tennis rackets, body armor, and medical sutures. Link -via Arbroath