“I shall desire you of more acquaintance, good master cobweb … If I cut my finger, I shall make bold of you.” -Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream
H/t to SurvivalNation for reporting this remedy…
The Biology Department at Penn State University reports that the natural, chemical coating on spider webs can help to stop bleeding and promote healing. This remedy has existed centuries and was even referenced in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. The recent experience of gator-bite victim Kaleb Langdale, described below, is a terrifying but successful example.
DR. KESTNER: Gator Bite Victim Used Spider Web to Stop Bleeding
There has been a lot of interest in scientific research communities about the various medicinal and industrial uses of spider silk in the past decade.
Spider silk has several unique properties to make it valuable as a fiber element. However, one problem with commercialization of spider silk is that the spiders don’t produce sufficient amounts of silk to use for many applications.
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