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Adidas kicks off spider silk shoes

by Alex Scott
December 5, 2016 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 94, ISSUE 48

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Credit: Adidas
Running shoe made from synthetic spider silk.
Credit: Adidas
Running shoe made from synthetic spider silk.

Adidas, the German sports apparel maker, has developed a fully biodegradable prototype running shoe made from synthetic spider silk. Going by the brand name Biosteel, the fiber is said to be stronger and 15% lighter than any other synthetic fiber. The spider silk was produced by German start-up AMSilk, which uses genetically engineered Escherichia coli to express the silk protein.

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