University of Wyoming Extension News

Got milk? UW researchers seek superior spider silk fiber

Got some special milk, plastic tubing, some red beads and salt water?

What’s needed to spin spider silk proteins may seem pedestrian, but walking to the nearest hardware store for supplies and trying isn’t recommended.

The spider silk research prowess of Professor Randy Lewis and his team in the Department of Molecular Biology at the University of Wyoming draws world-wide interest. For example, a presentation about his research was selected as a Top 5 hot talks/cool paper during the Materials Research Society’s international fall meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. The Top 5 were selected from nearly 5,000 oral and poster presentations. Continue reading