Silkworm: The Underappreciated Life Science Model Organism

silkworm larvae

By Keping Chen, Ph.D. The realm of insects is colorful and has been coexisting with human beings for countless generations. Insects appeared on earth more than 400 million years ago, and their descendants witnessed our evolution from upright, walking apes into complete human beings and observed the beautiful, magical, and endless waves of life on […]

Conserving Culture Through Cambodian Silk

boiling silkworm cocoons

By Laura Kraft This post is the sixth in the “Travel Bug” series by Laura Kraft, a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, who is chronicling her travels in Asia from an entomological perspective. See earlier posts from the series. There’s a rhythmic clacking of wooden looms as you walk through the workshop at […]

Devices from Silkworm Silk Could Offer a Better Way to Repair Broken Bones

When a person suffers a broken bone, treatment calls for the surgeon to insert screws and plates to help bond the broken sections and enable the fracture to heal. These “fixation devices” are usually made of metal alloys. But metal devices may have disadvantages: Because they are stiff and unyielding, they can cause stress to […]