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Spider Silk Reproduced from Bacteria

8:44 AM MDT | July 30, 2010 | Laura Templer

Scientists have pieced together a spider silk gene and used it to express spider silk inside E.coli bacteria. The protein was tested and compared to spider silk and very few differences were found. Sang Yup Lee from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST: Daejeon), and collaborators, professor Young Hwan Park from Seoul National University, and professor David Kaplan at Tufts University discovered the process for grafting together chemically synthesized oligonucleotides and inserting them into the E.coli expression host.   Lee says he...

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