Gallery: Genetically Modified Silkworms Spin Super Strong Spider Silk f...


Genetically engineered spiders may be the stuff of comic books, but what about genetically engineered silkworms? Working at the University of Wyoming, a team led by Dr Donald Jarvis has successfully modified silkworms in order to make them spin stronger silk that contains spider proteins. This makes the silk much more elastic and extensible, opening up a wide range of applications including textiles, bandages for burn victims, and even bullet-proof vests.

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  1. Mhags143 February 13, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I thought it was spider string or silk not worm string or silk. Does anyone have a clear answer if it\’s a spider or a worm, someone that works with me said it was made from kevlar which is plastic but i\’m still thinking it\’s spider silk or string.

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