Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Spider Web Silk farmed from Goats - strongest substance mass produced.



Just outside of the city of Montreal in Canada, there has been an amazing breakthrough to produce spider web silk in large quantities. Spider web silk is an extremely strong fibre and could be used if large quantities could be produced. One would need millions of tiny spiders to produce the needed silk in large quantities and if millions of tiny spiders were kept in close proximity on a farm, they would fight and kill each other fighting for territory. In short, it could not be done.

Scientist have come up with an idea to genetically use goats to mass produce the fibre in large quantities while producing milk. The spider silk is cultivated out of goats milk. This has become possible by adding a spider gene that produces spider silk with the goats milk. One goat can produce silk in large quantities and herds of such goats can produce even greater amounts. This amazing breakthrough is mind blowing and the possibilities of this strong fibre are endless.









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