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Reprogrammed bacteria spider silk

Japanese company Spiber Inc. has reprogrammed bacteria to make spider silk, which is being used to make clothing.

Credit: Spiber Inc.

From an evolutionary perspective, yeast has no business producing a pain killer. But by re-engineering the microbe's genome, Christina Smolke at Stanford University in California has made it do precisely that.

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