Silkworms With Spider Genes Can Produce Huge Quantities Of Super Fibers

Silkworms With Spider Genes Can Produce Huge Quantities Of Super Fibers

Mutant silkworms could open the way for large scale production of spider silk.

Naresh Kumar
  • 5 october 2010

Scientists have been able to create mutant silkworms that produce large amounts of stronger-than-steel spider silk. Spider silk is considered as a superfiber but they are not produced by spiders in large quantities. On the other hand, silkworms have the ability to mass produce silk, so by mixing specific spider genes into silkworm chromosomes, they created caterpillars that can make large threads which are as strong as spider silk.

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