Hagfish Slime as a Model for Tomorrow’s Natural Fabrics

This article by science daily talks about hagfish slime being used to make synthetic fabric. Typically, synthetic fabrics are made from petroleum, but recently new methods are being researched; hagfish slime is one of those methods. Hagfish slime was found to contain threads 100 times thinner than a human hair. They can also produce quarts of slime per second. Since hagfish can naturally produce large amounts of this slime, they are a perfect resource for producing synthetic fabric. On top of this, it is a renewable resource. In years to come, the use of hagfish slime to make synthetic fabrics will more than likely become a common practice.

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121128112204.htm

2 thoughts on “Hagfish Slime as a Model for Tomorrow’s Natural Fabrics”

    1. All I know is that they disolve the slime in liquid and then reassemble it’s structure by spinning it alot like they do silk. Besides that I don’t know a whole lot.

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