Web Goats

from the biotech-bounty dept

The age of genetic modification is now gaining some momentum. Genetically modified goats have been produced that may eventually lead to spiderís web protein being produced in their milk. Thatís right a material about 10 as strong as steal may soon be mass produced in the farm yard. These types of biotech applications will be useful for the construction of new stronger and lighter products (donít worry youíll soon get rid of the yuck factor!).

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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2000 @ 9:39pm

    Spider Man found!

    The goat farm in New York City uncovered today gave away the identifty of Peter Parker. Film at 10:00 PM.

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    audris, 22 Aug 2000 @ 2:50pm

    No Subject Given

    although this point might be too technical, the article does not comment on how they plan to turn the protein into the actual silk. the protein comes out of a spider's spinneret as a liquid, and the spider combs it into the silk that we are all familiar with. it is still a big mystery in the science world as to what exactly is happening in this combing process. scientists and arachnologists have long been aware of the potential uses of spider silk, and have had tried making silk by extracting the the protein from a spider's abdomen but they have met with little success. genetic reproduction of this silk protein is just one part of the puzzle; creating the actual silk is the real key. if these scientists have figured out how to replicate this process i would be greatly interested in learning about it.

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      mhh5, 22 Aug 2000 @ 6:06pm

      No advances... yet.

      I haven't seen anyone replicate dragline silk in a lab. In fact, the papers I've read that measure the physical properties of spider silk have really funny experimental sections where they describe how an "immobilized but conscious" spider is used to collect the silk samples. If I figure out a way to make silk without using spiders, I'll let ya know. BTW, I'm a polymer chemist if that means anything...

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        Ryan, 23 Aug 2000 @ 6:55am

        Re: No advances... yet.

        Yep polymer chemists are pretty cool to us Molecular Geneticist / Internet business guys (I know a weird hybrid but I love all types of tech).

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