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From spider webs to a fibre-optic chemical sensor

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From the spider’s perspective, silk is not only a building material but also a safety net, a weapon and a sensory organ to detect the presence of prey on its web. For scientists, dragline silk - directly extracted from spiders - is a tough, biodegradable and biocompatible optical fibre. These protein optical threads are made up of millions of repetitive protein sequences and domains that, unlike its silica counterpart, can interact with a multitude of chemical sp...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted manuscript

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Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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Publisher:
Infoscience Publisher's website
Publication date:
2016-11-21
Acceptance date:
2016-11-17
Pubs id:
pubs:661838
URN:
uri:fb7c90b9-bfc9-48d3-afab-bb8e1862a0a0
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uuid:fb7c90b9-bfc9-48d3-afab-bb8e1862a0a0
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pubs:661838

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