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This feature article reviews recent progress in the understanding of the hierarchically organized structures, the perfectly balanced mechanical properties and the structure-property relationship of the natural animal silk fibres, as well as the experimental attempts to fabricate man-made silk fibres by means of wet spinning, dry spinning, electrospinning and transgenosis.

Original publication




Journal article


Chem Commun (Camb)

Publication Date



6515 - 6529


Amino Acid Sequence, Animals, Insect Proteins, Models, Molecular, Molecular Sequence Data, Molecular Structure, Silk, Temperature