Cheryl Hayashi

The magnificence of spider silk

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Filmed Jan 2010 at TED2010
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Cheryl Hayashi studies spider silk, one of nature's most high-performance materials. Each species of spider can make up to 7 very different kinds of silk. How do they do it? Hayashi explains at the DNA level — then shows us how this super-strong, super-flexible material can inspire.

Cheryl Hayashi
/ Spider silk scientist

Cheryl Hayashi studies the delicate but terrifically strong silk threads that make up a spider's web, finding startling applications for human use.  Full bio.

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