Scientists Train Genetically Modified E. Coli Bacteria To Mass Produce Super Strong Spider’s Silk
Spider’s silk is such an amazing and versatile substance, it’s hard not to get the feeling that Mother Nature intended it for much more than a sticky web in the corner. This seemingly insignificant thread is equal to steel in tensile strength while maintaining the flexibility of rubber. It conducts heat 800 times better than any other organic material, is tougher than Kevlar, and has been used to make everything from violin strings to computer chips. The only problem is, spiders aren’t easy to farm. So until recently, it’s been difficult to harvest enough spider silk to do anything at commercial scale. But what if something else could be taught to produce spider’s silk in mass quantities? Something that loves to reproduce…like bacteria.
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