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(Some Guy)   First spider-silk gloves have been woven. Peter Parker unavailable for comment   (speroforum.com) divider line 19
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2014-06-18 11:30:31 AM
My drow has been wearing these for years
 
2014-06-18 11:37:03 AM
The spider silk is actually produced by genetically modified silk worms.

Then it's not spider silk.  It's just GMO silk.  Jesus, guys, really?
 
2014-06-18 12:52:39 PM
Yeah, he's kinda busy right now...


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2014-06-18 01:08:03 PM

ArkAngel: My drow has been wearing these for years


As has my Iksar. Well, he admittedly stopped wearing them around level 30, but that was back when Spider Silk armor was amazeballs.
 
2014-06-18 01:35:29 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: The spider silk is actually produced by genetically modified silk worms.

Then it's not spider silk.  It's just GMO silk.  Jesus, guys, really?


Assuming that it has the same characteristics as natural spider silk, who the fark cares?
 
2014-06-18 01:38:41 PM
The earliest recorded weave using the silk of spiders dates from 1709, made by a Frenchman, Francois-Xavier Bon de Saint Hilaire, who successfully produced gloves and stockings and supposedly a full suit of clothes for King Louis XIV.

old news is not accurate...
 
2014-06-18 01:52:40 PM

dready zim: The earliest recorded weave using the silk of spiders dates from 1709, made by a Frenchman, Francois-Xavier Bon de Saint Hilaire, who successfully produced gloves and stockings and supposedly a full suit of clothes for King Louis XIV.

old news is not accurate...


came here to say this!
 
2014-06-18 01:54:26 PM

Some 'Splainin' To Do: Benevolent Misanthrope: The spider silk is actually produced by genetically modified silk worms.

Then it's not spider silk.  It's just GMO silk.  Jesus, guys, really?

Assuming that it has the same characteristics as natural spider silk, who the fark cares?


I'm guessing that's a big assumption. We shall see.
 
2014-06-18 01:59:16 PM
My Dwarven Clothier makes spider silk gloves all the time with Brown Recluse spider silk, Cave Spider silk, or Giant Cave Spider silk.
 
2014-06-18 02:06:51 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Some 'Splainin' To Do: Benevolent Misanthrope: The spider silk is actually produced by genetically modified silk worms.

Then it's not spider silk.  It's just GMO silk.  Jesus, guys, really?

Assuming that it has the same characteristics as natural spider silk, who the fark cares?

I'm guessing that's a big assumption. We shall see.


I suspect so, too. I know that attempts to use goats to produce spider silk never got anywhere because there's more to the silk than the genes. Apparently, the way that it's spun through the spinnerets was a critical part of the process that couldn't be duplicated.

I'd guess that silkworms have better anatomy for spinning silk (being silkworms and all), but no idea whether the resulting thread is as strong as natural spider silk.

So yes, that is a big and obvious caveat that must be considered.
 
2014-06-18 02:41:04 PM
Hmph. That GIS was entirely too unsexy.
 
2014-06-18 02:57:33 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: The spider silk is actually produced by genetically modified silk worms.

Then it's not spider silk. It's just GMO silk. Jesus, guys, really?


Yeah pretty much this. So basically they made GM silk gloves ?
 
2014-06-18 02:58:04 PM
He bought them for Mary Jane.
 
2014-06-18 03:02:30 PM

Some 'Splainin' To Do: Benevolent Misanthrope: Some 'Splainin' To Do: Benevolent Misanthrope: The spider silk is actually produced by genetically modified silk worms.

Then it's not spider silk.  It's just GMO silk.  Jesus, guys, really?

Assuming that it has the same characteristics as natural spider silk, who the fark cares?

I'm guessing that's a big assumption. We shall see.

I suspect so, too. I know that attempts to use goats to produce spider silk never got anywhere because there's more to the silk than the genes. Apparently, the way that it's spun through the spinnerets was a critical part of the process that couldn't be duplicated.

I'd guess that silkworms have better anatomy for spinning silk (being silkworms and all), but no idea whether the resulting thread is as strong as natural spider silk.

So yes, that is a big and obvious caveat that must be considered.


Yes - I had forgotten about the goats, but seem to remember some other animal that they tried to modify to produce silk protein in milk.  Or was that the goats?  Anyway, saying spider silk is just a matter of the proteins aligning is like saying if you powder and press charcoal long enough you'll end up with carbon nanotubes.

But if they ever figure out how to do it, that stuff would be the shiznit for anything requiring lightweight tensile strength.
 
2014-06-18 03:21:01 PM
Article fails without picture of gloves.

/FAILS
 
2014-06-18 05:10:33 PM
Enjoy your fabric made from an arachnid's ass-glands.
 
2014-06-18 05:44:42 PM
Latent effect:  summons all spiders in a 1000' radius to your location.
 
2014-06-18 07:02:42 PM

FARK: Reading comprehension varies.

The article is a big ad for Monster Silk, a GMO spider silk product, and the article merely claims that they've made their first textile from that product. It's obviously not the first textile ever created from spider silk - for example, this lovely bit of work is from golden spider silk, and was woven half a decade ago. Older pieces have been produced, but they are tiny by comparison and rather rare, given the intensive labor required to gather spider silk.
 
2014-06-19 12:14:18 AM

NorthernMT: Article fails without picture of gloves.

/FAILS


Clicked to see picture of gloves. Was SORELY disappointed to see a picture of a spider instead.

/gotta stop clicking on Fark spider links
 
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