Posted by: Janine | December 1, 2008


Blue mussels tethered
Through strong stretchy tiny threads
Now your secret’s told

Kathy Coyne

University of Delaware

I sequenced the gene for one of the proteins used to make byssal threads by Mytilus edulis (the blue mussel) and showed a gradient of expression along the mussel foot.  The threads encode a copolymer protein composed of elastin- and collagen-like sequences.



  1. Brilliant! This should be published. Admittedly I am a biased fellow biologist.

  2. I always emailed this webpage post page to all my friends, for the reason that
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