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Jennas-auntie

Clothes And Sutures Made From Gluten?

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Read this in an article today-"fibers for clothing have been made for the first time from the wheat protein gluten...the fibers are as strong and soft as wool and silk but up to 30 times cheaper. Narenda Reddy and Yiqui Yang, who produced the fibers (University of Nebraska in Lincoln) say that because they are biodegradable they might be used in biomedical applications such as surgical sutures". Currently I doubt sutures are an issue, but just be aware this could be coming out...Here is the online abstract if anyone wants to read it:

http://pubs.acs.org/cgi-bin/abstract.cgi/b.../bm0608840.html

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