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Scientists genetically modified goats to spin spider silk from their udders.

Scientists genetically modified goats to spin spider silk from their udders.


Prof Randy Lewis shows Adam Rutherford genetically modified goats at a farm at Utah State University, US, which produce large quantities of a spider silk that is among the strongest substances known to man.
BioSteel™ Goats have been genetically modified to produce the protein from Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Nephila clavipes) silk in their milk. This means that the gene that codes for protein that spiders use for their silk was transferred through laboratory techniques into the goats' genom.

BioSteel™ Goats have been genetically modified to produce the protein from Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Nephila clavipes) silk in their milk. This means that the gene that codes for protein that spiders use for their silk was transferred through laboratory techniques into the goats' genome

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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