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

Posted By Diane Pham On May 30, 2010 @ 9:00 am In Accessories and Fashion,biomimicry | 3 Comments

Transgenic Spider-Goat

Spider silk [1] is known for its tough as nails strength and pliable nature [2], making it an ideal material for application in items ranging from bulletproof vests [3] to even artificial ligaments and tendons [4]. 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 [5].

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[1] Spider silk: http://www.ecouterre.com/2819/art-historian-creates-worlds-largest-shawl-made-from-gold-colored-spider-silk/

[2] strength and pliable nature: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/05/18/scientists-unlock-secret-of-spider-silk-which-is-5-times-stronger-than-steel/

[3] bulletproof vests: http://www.ecouterre.com/15824/scientists-discover-how-to-turn-ordinary-t-shirts-into-body-armor/

[4] artificial ligaments and tendons: http://inhabitat.com../2010/02/17/energy-recycling-artificial-foot-created/

[5] transgenic spider-goat hybrids: http://cheezburger.com/TemplateView.aspx?ciid=1620536

[6] READ MORE >: http://www.ecouterre.com/17988/transgenic-spider-goat-hybrids-produce-tougher-than-steel-silk/

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