Gallery: Scientists Produce Spider Silk From Metabolically Engineered Bact...

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Five times stronger than steel, three times tougher than Kevlar, yet thinner than a human hair, spider dragline silk has long been a highly prized textile—more so than silkworm silk, even. Farming the territorial beasties, which have a proclivity for cannibalism, however, is a challenge. Although a bunch of geneticists have enlisted the aid of transgenic spider-goat hybrids to produce economically scalable amounts of the coveted fiber, researchers are recruiting a much tinier (and perhaps less controversial) host: Escherichia coli, an industrially safe bacterium commonly found in our gut.

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One Response to “Scientists Produce Spider Silk From Metabolically Engineered Bacteria”

  1. Jablesdactyl says:

    So is that us one step closer to the fabled Space Elevator? If so, hooray for science.

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