Spiders And Silkworms

Here’s something cool from science writer Ed Yong:

Genetic Engineering

For a long time I have wanted a shirt woven from spider silk. An unrealistic desire, I know, but I’m a dreamer!

Larry

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3 responses to “Spiders And Silkworms

  1. bev

    To identify the silkworms that had incorporated the spider genes, Teulé and Miao added another passenger to their PiggyBac vehicle – a gene for a glowing protein. The insects that had been successfully engineered all had glowing red eyes.

    Now, that I would like to see!

  2. Joan

    A Bug in the Works

    A shirt that’s made of spider silk,
    Romantic in conception,
    Might have some inherent problems
    Even though you’d made exception
    For it’s flimsy durability
    And didn’t mind the fact
    That a passing gusty wind
    Might take the item off your back.
    If you managed to retain it
    There would next be plaintive sighs
    You’ll grow weary, soon from picking off
    The struggling moths and flies.

  3. bev

    You’ll grow weary, soon from picking off
    The struggling moths and flies.

    ha ha ha!

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