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.

https://www.sciencefriday.com/educational-resources/dissect-a-silkworm-cocoon/

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyBcwLU9r1c&t=159s

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Creation Date

2015

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