European scientists claim doctors could be implanting artificial tendons made from spiders webs into injured humans within five years.

Researchers believe the unusual lightness and durability of spiders webs makes them the perfect material to replace damaged ligaments and tendons.

Webs could also be used as strong and long-lasting bandages that would make plaster casts obsolete.

Experts from five countries working on the so-called Spiderman project have met in Konstanz, Germany, to share information and discuss possible uses for the silky thread.