A web of possibilities: Utah researcher uses goats to make one of the strongest known substances


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  • Uncle Gadianton Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 6, 2011 11:27 a.m.

    Maybe they can make silk purses from sow's ears!

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    July 6, 2011 9:56 a.m.

    Now if only that could make spiders that can produce goat milk.

  • Spitvalve Denton, TX
    July 6, 2011 9:13 a.m.

    Amazing. The only problem is getting the goats to come down off of the ceiling of the barn at milking time...

  • Winglish Lehi, UT
    July 6, 2011 8:28 a.m.

    Honestly, who would think that mixing goats and spiders is even a possibility? Congratulations to Mr. Lewis. That's some creative science!

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    July 6, 2011 8:08 a.m.

    Very interesting. Last month I read an article about cows in China that have been modified to produce human breast milk. Now I read about goats producing spider silk in their milk.

    What's next? Sounds like it has great potential to make our world better, but it is also a bit intimidating.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    July 6, 2011 7:38 a.m.

    What the article failed to clearly articulate was, how many goats have they found swinging from the rafters? :-)

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    July 6, 2011 7:25 a.m.

    This is fascinating science.

  • 483bzac West Valley City, UT
    July 6, 2011 5:10 a.m.

    I think that organic mechanization is the last great frontier. To be able to do this while gently caring for an animal is incredible. I grew up with goats and they are fun, still can't think of much use for billy goats even in this application, other than the obvious.

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    July 6, 2011 3:14 a.m.

    Fascinating! - I hope this provides usefulness for the better tomorrow. Good luck!

  • New Yorker Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 5, 2011 10:52 p.m.

    Wow! Impressive science. I'm just not sure what the long term unintended consequences of this might be--or the ethics. The implication is that one could play around with a lot more, and I'm sure there are nefarious people somewhere that will actually do it. And they might not think twice about doing it with humans. Better scientists? Better soldiers? Better ???. You name it. I'm not sure any society or nation can afford not to figure out where this curve is taking us.

  • 3141 Columbus, Ohio
    July 5, 2011 8:41 p.m.

    Go Aggies!