This year, scientists have made an abundance of discoveries regarding spider silk. This is one major component in Spidersilk the novel, as spiders use their silk to help keep the main character, Mark, safe. Pretty soon, spider silk might be used to keep everyone safe. Recently, scientists discovered an eco-friendly way to develop spider silk out of water. This should speed up production in many fields without harming spiders or the overall environment.
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