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