What exactly is a spider web made out of?

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Offline Bentherdonthat

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What exactly is a spider web made out of?
« on: 13/10/2007 22:09:16 »
Some general vauge statement that it is made out of protien can you be more specific.

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What exactly is a spider web made out of?
« Reply #1 on: 14/10/2007 22:13:56 »
A molecule named fibroin aparrently, according to newbielink:http://www.xs4all.nl/~ednieuw/Spiders/InfoNed/webthread.html [nonactive].

It's quite an interesting topic actually.

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What exactly is a spider web made out of?
« Reply #2 on: 14/10/2007 22:33:54 »
But fibroin is a protein, and so is sericin, which is also used to make webs. I thought the person that asked the question, wanted more that just proteins...could be wrong...usually am.

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What exactly is a spider web made out of?
« Reply #3 on: 15/10/2007 10:21:43 »
I think there must be at least two different proteins involved, because the web has both sticky fibres and non-sticky fibres (which the spider uses to move about on).
Silk is just an other example of a protein based "spun" fibre, wool is also protein based but of a different nature.
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