Resilin to the Rescue

good rubberInsects have helped us all once again by providing scientists with a novel way to produce rubber. By analyzing the DNA of fruit-flies they have been able to figure out how to simulate the material (resilin) their wings are made of. Previous attempts at this failed because they looked at different parts of the DNA.

Since a fly’s wings have to bend a lot resilin can be used for bionic parts and other things that require a lot of bending. It is also more resilient than normal rubber.

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