Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope

Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope

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Overview


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544932470
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/27/2017
Series: Scientists in the Field Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 660,160
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Bridget Heos has written twelve nonfiction books for young people, including The Human Genome, The Creation of Peninsulas, The Alkaline Earth Metals, and What to Expect When You’re Expecting Larvae. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri. Visit her website at www.authorbridgetheos.com.

Andy Comins is a photographer who specializes in portraiture and children's photography.  He lives in California. Visit his website at www.andycomins.com.

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