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By: Catherine L Craig
230 pages, B/w photos, figs, tabs
Links the molecular evolution of silk proteins to the evolution and behavioural ecology of web-spinning spiders and other arthropods, providing a unique insight into how molecular evolution can both enable and limit species diversity. Draws together studies from biochemistry through molecular genetics, cellular physiology, ecology, and behaviour to present an integrated understanding of an interesting biological system at the molecular and organizational levels.
[Craig] gives a fascinating and vivid account of evolution of spider silks ... The book is a well-written, informative spider silk monograph ... will stimulate further research efforts in artificial silk synthesis ... will serve as an important source of information on all aspects of spider silk proteins. Heredity Craigs 'Spider Webs and Silks' brings a fascinating and important subject to a potentially broad audience. And it might even turn some arachnophobes into arachnophiles. Nature
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