🕷🕸🕷🕸🕷 SILKY MILK 🕷🕸🕷🕸🕷
Did you know that scientists at the University of Wyoming genetically modified goats to produce spider webs through their milk??? (Or at least the web protein)
Spiders webs are incredibly durable and can have a range of applications in medical science, construction and even proposed to be a material in bullet proof vests. But harvesting the silk from spiders can be incredibly challenging as you would an enormous of spiders (eeeek) and spiders are very territorial meaning that housing them together results in them killing one another ☹️☠️
Using goats solves this problem, the researchers put the silk protein gene into the goats in such a way that allowed them to produce the protein within their milk, like any other genetic factor, only a certain percentage of the goats end up with the gene. For instance, of seven goat kids born in February 2010, three have tested positive for having the silk protein gene.
Other than the ability to produce the silk protein the goats had no effects on their health or development (and all had the correct number of legs)
Further research is being done into placing the genes into an alfalfa plant which will produce even higher quantities of silk, and won’t require any lactation 🙌🏼