Silkworm Cocoon Dissection

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Silk is an important textile, both historically and in modern times. What makes this product produced by the mouths of silkworm caterpillars so useful? Students dissect a cocoon to see the different types of silk, and learn about the protein fibroin.

There is an accompanying video that highlights the uses of fibroin:

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NGSS STEM Practices



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