Scientists Incorporate Spider’s Silk-Spinning Genes Into Goats

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Goats that produce spider silk protein in their milk could enable researchers to collect large quantities of the silk.

Researchers from the University of Wyoming have developed a way to incorporate spiders’ silk-spinning genes into goats, allowing the researchers to harvest the silk protein from the goats’ milk for a variety of applications. For instance, due to its strength and elasticity, spider silk fiber could have several medical uses, such as for making artificial ligaments and tendons, for eye sutures, and for jaw repair. The silk could also have applications in bulletproof vests and improved car airbags.

 

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