Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA And The Quest For Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, And Parachute Rope

ISBN-10: 0544932471
ISBN-13: 9780544932470
Author: Heos, Bridget
Illustrated by: Comins, Andy
Interest Level: 5-9
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publication Date: June 2017

Copyright: 2013

Page Count: 80

Series: Scientists In The Field


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Interest Level

Grades 5-9

Reading Level

Guided Reading: X
Lexile: 860L
Accelerated Reader Level: 6.2
Accelerated Reader Points: 3.0
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BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Insects, Spiders, etc

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Technology / Inventions

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Health & Daily Living / Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries

Description
In The Spider Silk Scientists, readers enter Randy Lewis' lab where they come face to face with golden orb weaver spiders and genetically engineered 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, strenghten 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.
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