Gator Bite Victim Used Spider Web To Stop Bleeding
“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
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
Wow! That’s a story that will be repeated for generations!
Although I have never used the remedy myself, I have read that spider webs historically have been used to stop bleeding.
Spider webs are composed primarily of protein. Because there are thousands of various species of spiders, the actual composition of the spider silk used to weave a web varies among these various types of spiders.
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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