Worm Jaws Have Metal Power

Studying the jaws of marine worms may lead scientists to better ways of making synthetic materials.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM August 5, 2003

Worms don’t usually get much respect. To most people, they are slimy, dirty, and gross.

But there is plenty in the humble worm to admire and inspire, say scientists in California. The jaws of marine worms, in particular, are incredibly strong. And new research is bringing researchers closer to developing hard materials that imitate nature.

This is a light-microscope image of the jaw, which is about 3 millimeters long.

This is a light-microscope image of the jaw, which is about 3 millimeters long.

H. Lichtenegger, et al./Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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