Monday, December 7, 2009

Goats Milk + Spider Silk = Bio Steel Fibers

A goat that produces spider's web protein is about to revolutionize the materials industry.

Up to now it has been impossible to produce "spider fibre" on a commercialscale. Unlike silk worms, spiders are too anti-social to farm successfully. Now a Canadian company claims to be on the verge of producing unlimitedquantities of spider silk - in goat's milk. Using techniques similar to those used to produce Dolly the sheep, scientists at Nexia Biotechnologies in Quebec have bred goats with spidergenes.

BBC article with more details click here.

And who would have thought that Dolly's being would end up with crossing a goat with a spider?

TIC.... Does this mean we'll find there are goats the size of a spider who can be house pets or house pests? (We have to have a daily chuckle and here's mine... visualizing pet goats living in spider webs in the house!)

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