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November 2006
Science & Children;Nov2006, Vol. 44 Issue 3, p9
Academic Journal
The article offers information related to virulence of flesh-eating bacteria and the future trend in clothing using chicken feathers or rice straw. The microbiologists at Hebrew University explained that the bacteria produce a protein that blocks the release of white blood cells, which would usually fight the infection. On the other hand, the scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is planning to develop chicken feathers or rice straw into conventional-looking fabrics as a way to reduce the use of petroleum-based synthetic fabrics. The clothes to be produced, accordingly, would not resemble fluffy plumage or hairy doormats.


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