Discovering Arthropods! (L120)

Could a deeper understanding of arthropods lead to tangible economic benefits?

A deeper understanding of arthropods could absolutely lead to tangible economic benefits for humans. One huge step that scientists are currently moving towards taking is creating a way to mass produce spider silk. It is comprised of groups of beta sheets bonded together. The beta sheets themselves are separated by highly flexible proteins. Not only is it as strong as steel, but it is extremely flexible! This material could be an intense introduction into the industrial world. Currently, spider silk already has multiple different uses, including medical and luxury applications. If only this one tiny part of the largest animal phylum in the world has so much to offer, how could we not explore deeper into these animals! Discovery is a beautiful thing; nature has so much to offer us, to help and heal us, we just need to be looking for it.

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