Spider Silk Expression in Alfalfa

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Spider Silk Expression in Alfalfa

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Rowan, Monica
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Molecular Biology and Plant Sciences; Dr. Randy Lewis & Dr. Holly Steinkraus- Molecular Biology, Dr. Robin Groose- Plant Sciences
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Laramie, Wyoming

University of Wyoming
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2008-04-26

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Over the last several years, comprehensive research has been done at the University of Wyoming (UW) to enhance our knowledge of spider silk. Spider silk is one of nature’s oldest biomaterials and has long been revered for its strength and flexibility. The researchers at UW have been working on a system that incorporates spider silk genes into alfalfa plants. The research goal is to produce an alfalfa plant capable of expressing spider silk proteins. The spider silk proteins could then be extracted to create spider silk fibers. Once these transformed plants are produced, a means of mass producing spider silk fibers could be on the horizon. From these fibers many things can be constructed. Some proposals encompass biomedical uses which include sutures, artificial tendon and ligaments; industrial uses include protective clothing, composite materials for building and aerospace applications.
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From - Undergraduate Research Day 2008 - Celebration of Research - Abstracts
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Undergrauate Research Day 2008

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