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KOLKATA – Scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kharagpur have today announced the development of a new hybrid material based on a silk protein that could be used in wearable textiles. Researchers found that modified fibroin – an insoluble protein found in natural silk – combined with gold and zinc oxide has the potential to kickstart the development of smart textile-based wearable storage devices for use in areas such as the defence and medical sectors.

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