Iowa Public Television



posted on June 29, 2001

It wears like iron but it's made from a renewable resource: corn.

Scientists working for chemical giant DuPont have created another miracle thread that rivals nylon and lycra. The tuff new fiber, made from corn that is fermented with a genetically engineered microbe, goes by the name Sonora.

DuPont is hoping to employ the eco-friendly, renewable thread for a multitude of uses including stretch fabrics, intimate apparel, and auto upholstery

Because of its bio-based roots, company officials think the equipment to create Sonora could be an add-on at corn wet-milling plants.

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