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Stronger Than Steel, Spider Silk DNA & the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 2013 / Hardcover

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"Being a scientist" is such a vague concept---what field? What specialty? It's difficult to find a passion in the sciences with such generalities; scientists fall in love with their field of science, and young students are no different!

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.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN-13: 9780547681269
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 10-17
Series: Scientists in the Field

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Publisher's Description

In Stronger Than Steel, readers enter Randy Lewis' lab where they come face to face with golden orb weaver spiders, and transgenic alfalfa, silkworm silk, and 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, strengthen 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.

Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

"Move over, Spider-Man. . . . Abundant photographs and a lively narrative make the topic accessible and almost lighthearted, and Heos lays groundwork for readers with a basic introduction to DNA and gene theory."
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

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