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Changing the silkworm’s diet to spin stronger silk

Close up Silkworm eating mulberry green leaf
Researchers have produced cellulose nanofiber (CNF) synthesized silk naturally through a simple tweak to silkworms’ diet. Mixing CNF with commercially available food and feeding the silkworms resulted in a stronger and more tensile silk

Tissue-engineered implants provide new hope for vocal injuries

iStock: A Purdue research team has tissue-engineered the component tissue replacements that support reconstruction of the larynx. (Stock image)
New technology may one day help patients who suffer devastating vocal injuries from surgery on the larynx. A collaborative team consisting of biomedical engineers and clinicians has tissue-engineered component tissue replacements that support reconstruction of the larynx