Bulletproof' skin: researcher creates silk from genetically mixed goats and spiders

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    Researcher Randy Lewis of Utah and his collaborators gained worldwide attention recently when they found a commercially viable way to manufacture silk fibres using goats and silkworms that had spider genes inserted into their make-up.
    Spider silk is one of the strongest fibres known and five times stronger than steel. Lewis's fibres are not that strong but much stronger than silk spun by ordinary worms.

    genetically engineered spider silk can be used to help surgeons heal large wounds and create artificial tendons and ligaments.

    He has about three dozen of the genetically engineered goats. He extracts proteins from the special milk then spins them in a way that replicates a spider's method, resulting in a strong, light-weight fibre.

    'Bulletproof' skin: researcher creates silk that helps stop bullets

    Scientists are amazing. No wonder many think what they do a "magical".
     
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    That’s a magical invention, if this types of skin is used to protect the VIP person as well as in war then we can save so many people life. Does this invention is used in big amount?
     
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    The stuff that I suspect we're going to see from genetic engineers is going to seem like magic.

    Much of what mankind tried to do with inorganic chemistry and engineering mother nature has already figured out how to do better.

    As we learn to tap into the genetic databases of lifeforms we are entering a completely new phase in history.

    This bio-engineering revolution is going to make the industrial revolution look minor by comparison.
     
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    They'll give it to the cops. It's high time I invent a stronger handgun cartridge. No problem.
     
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    I think that the balance of Nature will then cause people to die in other ways.
     
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    So nice of you to find a really cool idea/discovery and interject you bullshit hackery into it.

    Really cool idea though.
     
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    Too bad you never read science fiction. If you did you would already know about Clarke's Laws.

    If you were not a primitive and an idiot you would not think that gene engineering is either amazing or magical.

    Come to think of it, if you were actually a tribesman from some small Amazon tribe it might explain why you think that Democrats care about poor people.
     
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    What will they do with all the 8-legged goats?
     
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    At the point that nanotech merges with biotech, there will be a revolution in the next half century exceeding that of the industrial revolution.
     
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    Or a major plague that wipes out all life on Earth.
     
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