Stronger Than Steel, Spider Silk DNA & the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope
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Giving students a brilliantly enlightening example of what a genetic scientist researches, this book focuses on the life of scientist Randy Lewis, who looks at how goats genetically implanted with spider DNA produce milk that can be spun into nearly indestructible silk that's stronger than Kevlar. Learn how he researches in his lab, what tools he uses, how he started his career, and why he's so interested in his field! This brilliant book demystifies how one becomes a scientist by focusing on the intricacies of a specific research project, highlighting how just one topic can become a lifelong pursuit.
79 pages, indexed, hardcover with dust jacket.
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 2013
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Series: Scientists in the Field
Bridget Heos is the author of Mustache Babyand Mustache Baby Meets His Match, as well as many nonfiction books for young readers. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband and four children. Visit her website at www.authorbridgetheos.com.
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A complex, controversial topic, positively presented."
—School Library Journal
"Clear focus, careful explanztions with occasional repetition of denser information, and a wealth of color photographs make this title inviting and accessible. . . and the kissin'-cute goats should entice quite a few readers to explore this project further."
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books