Stronger Than Steel by Bridget Heos
Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope (Scientists in the Field Series)

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In Stronger Than Steel, readers enter Randy Lewis' lab where they come face to face with golden orb weaver spiders, and transgenic alfalfa, silkworm silk, and goats, whose milk contains the proteins to spin spider silk--and to weave a nearly indestructible fiber. Learn how this amazing material might someday be used to repair or replace human ligaments and bones, improve body armor, strengthen parachute rope, and even tether an airplane to an aircraft carrier! Readers explore rapid advancements in the application of genetic medicine and their potential to save and improve lives while considering the crucial ethical concerns of genetic research. A timely addition to the acclaimed Scientists in the Field series.


About Bridget Heos

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Bridge Heos is the author of 12 intermediate and YA nonfiction ttiles, including The Human Genome (2010), The Creation of Peninsulas (2009), The Alkaline Earth Metals (2009) for Rosen Publishing, and What to Expect When You're Expecting Larvae (Spring 2011, Lerner). Prior toworking as achildren's book author, Bridget freelanced for several newspapers and was the acting editor of a weekly newspaper, writing and shooting many of the articles' photos herself. No Bio
Published February 26, 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 80 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Then, chapter by chapter, Heos describes the work that has produced transgenic animals and plants that will yield silk protein and even the silk itself.

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“To get good milk producers, he breeds a ‘spider goat’ with a goat whose family members produce lots of milk.” Lewis’s team also experiments with injecting alfalfa and silkworms with arachnid genes.

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Gr 5–9—This title explores the world of genetic engineering, focusing specifically on generating spider silk proteins in such quantity/quality as to warrant commercial development. Why spider silk? The title tells it succinctly. Stronger than steel, it is also flexible and stretchable, and can be...

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