Transgenic Spider-Goat Hybrids may sound like the premise of a made-for-SyFy movie, but it’s a concept that’s very much grounded in reality, with plenty of real-world applications to spare. Prized for its off-the-charts elasticity and strength, spider silk has an abundance of untapped potential, from artificial ligaments and tendons to bulletproof vests. The trick is amassing enough raw material. While spider farms are not unknown, the eight-legged critters have a tendency to kill one another, whether out of territoriality or nuances in arachnid social etiquette we’re not privy to. That’s when someone decided to bring in the goats.

Transgenic Spider-Goat Hybrids Produce Tougher-Than-Steel Silk (Video), 5/26/10

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