Diane Pham

Transgenic Spider-Goat Hybrids Produce Tougher-Than-Steel Silk

by , 05/30/10

Transgenic Spider-Goat

Spider silk is known for its tough as nails strength and pliable nature, making it an ideal material for application in items ranging from bulletproof vests to even artificial ligaments and tendons. While amassing enough of this miracle material can be a tedious task (spiders have a tendency to kill one another – so out goes the spider farm), a team of researchers have come up with a new way to splice the spider’s silk-making genes into goats. Meaning, when these genetically engineered goats start lactating, the silk can easily be harvested from their milk in large quantities. Welcome transgenic spider-goat hybrids.

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3 Comments

  1. 90394 July 16, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Here we go…The minute the world is saved by hybrids, the minute we attain the ability to grow literally ANYTHING we want or need with a little hybridizing, all these paranoid anti-progress Luddite chuckle heads are going to pop out of the woodwork and ruin it. There should be a new country founded on this type of science, maybe even a planet. No morons allowed. But then a few hundred years later when the ‘gawd given an’ untainted’ resources are gone, guess who they’ll turn to through, begging or violence, for resources? If they even give us a chance to perfect the science of it before the world population triples again…

  2. mikeypunk August 17, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    lennyesq, I don’t understand your comment. How is creating a sustainable source for a natural super-fiber in any way not \”green”\ ?

  3. lennyesq May 31, 2010 at 11:33 am

    This is certainly an odd article to publish with an encouraging tone on a web site dedicated to the environment.

    Are you encouraging transgenic gene splicing?

    This process seems antithetical to your \”green\” ideals.

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