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Microdissection of Black Widow Spider Silk-producing Glands
 

Microdissection of Black Widow Spider Silk-producing Glands

Article DOI: 10.3791/2382
January 11th, 2011

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Summary January 11th, 2011

Here we describe an efficient strategy to remove the silk-producing glands from the abdomen of female black widow spiders. This procedure allows the rapid isolation of the seven distinct silk-producing glands in a highly purified fashion, an important process for investigators studying spider silk production and fiber assembly.

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