Biotechnology of Silk

  • Tetsuo Asakura
  • Thomas Miller

Part of the Biologically-Inspired Systems book series (BISY, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Kenji Yukuhiro, Hideki Sezutsu, Naoyuki Yonemura
    Pages 25-47
  3. Tsunenori Kameda, Andrew A. Walker, Tara D. Sutherland
    Pages 87-106
  4. Kousaku Ohkawa, Takaomi Nomura, Ryoichi Arai, Koji Abe, Masuhiro Tsukada, Kimio Hirabayashi
    Pages 107-122
  5. Michael B. Hinman, Florence Teulé, David Perry, Bo An, Sherry Adrianos, Amy Albertson et al.
    Pages 137-164
  6. Jonas O. Wolff, Jutta M. Schneider, Stanislav N. Gorb
    Pages 165-177
  7. Stefanie Wohlrab, Christopher Thamm, Thomas Scheibel
    Pages 179-201
  8. Vasav Sahni, Ali Dhinojwala, Brent D. Opell, Todd A. Blackledge
    Pages 203-217
  9. Steven W. Cranford, Nicola M. Pugno, Markus J. Buehler
    Pages 219-268
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 269-272

About this book


This book is a snapshot of the current state of the art of research and development on the properties and characteristics of silk and their use in medicine and industry. The field encompasses backyard silk production from ancient time to industrial methods in the modern era and includes an example of efforts to maintain silk production on Madagascar. Once revered as worth its weight in gold, silk has captured the imagination from its mythical origins onwards. The latest methods in molecular biology have opened new descriptions of the underlying properties of silk. Advances in technological innovation have created silk production by microbes as the latest breakthrough in the saga of silk research and development. The application of silk to biomaterials is now very active on the basis of excellent properties of silks including recombinant silks for biomaterials and the accumulated structural information.


Biotechnology of silk Nucleotide codes for silk protein Physical properties of silk Recombinant silk Silk biomaterials

Editors and affiliations

  • Tetsuo Asakura
    • 1
  • Thomas Miller
    • 2
  1. 1.BiotechnologyTokyo University of Agriculture and TechnologyKoganeiJapan
  2. 2.EntomologyUniversity California - RiversideRiversideUSA

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