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Tag: Silk

The Amazing Spider-Goat!

This is the kind of scientific story that’s a little “ooh” with some “ew!” mixed in, too: Scientists at Utah State University have cleverly combined goat and spider genes to make a normal-looking strain of goat that happens to be able to produce extra protein in its milk that can be made into spider silk.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


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Spider Silk: The New Kevlar?

Imitating nature’s innovations is not a new strategy, but the exact nature of MacArthur “genius grant” recipient Cheryl Hayashi’s research is both startling and—aside from the predictable, and potentially creepy, military use angle—pretty fascinating. The UC Riverside biology professor has been looking into ways to replicate spider silk and develop some unusual uses for the stuff.

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 READ MORE


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