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A web-spinning goat?Strong, flexible spider silk is one of the most valuable materials in nature, and it could be used to make an array of products — from artificial ligaments to parachute cords — if we could just produce it on a commercial scale. In 2000, Nexia Biotechnologies announced it had the answer: a goat that produced spiders’ web protein in its milk. Researchers inserted a spiders’ dragline silk gene into the goats’ DNA in such a way that the goats would make the silk protein only in their milk. This “silk milk” could then be used to manufacture a web-like material called Biosteel.12 bizarre examples of genetic engineering

A web-spinning goat?
Strong, flexible spider silk is one of the most valuable materials in nature, and it could be used to make an array of products — from artificial ligaments to parachute cords — if we could just produce it on a commercial scale. In 2000, Nexia Biotechnologies announced it had the answer: a goat that produced spiders’ web protein in its milk.
 
Researchers inserted a spiders’ dragline silk gene into the goats’ DNA in such a way that the goats would make the silk protein only in their milk. This “silk milk” could then be used to manufacture a web-like material called Biosteel.
12 bizarre examples of genetic engineering

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    I met the guy that is behind all of this at a conference. He’s a really cool guy actually.
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    Fuck yeah, transgenic animals!
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    Because GMO isn’t all doom and gloom.
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    OMG and what happens when that Goat accidentially breeds with another goat and the meat gets into the food chain ?...
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