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 The Spider Silk Scientists, 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: 9780547681269
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 02/26/2013
Series: Scientists in the Field Series
Pages: 79
Sales rank: 798,641
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

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 to working as a children'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.

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"Move over, Spider-Man. . . . Abundant photographs and a lively narrative make the topic accessible and almost lighthearted, and Heos lays groundwork for readers with a basic introduction to DNA and gene theory."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

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