The goat farm is one of the most unique and strange farms in the world when the goats here are bred with golden spiders to produce products at the same time as goat milk and spider silk.
This strange poison farm run by Utah State University, USA, may resemble a dairy goat breeding activity. But the milk produced by the goats at this facility contains something very special: super strong spider silk .
The goats on this farm were bred for the gene of a golden spider.
Scientists at Utah State University have developed a way to transplant genes that produce spider silk into goats, helping goats to produce spider silk protein fibers inside the milk. It can be used for a variety of purposes such as medicine such as making ligaments, eye corneas and cartilage, artificial tendons, military such as bulletproof armor and in cars like airbags.
Spiders produce one of the strongest materials on earth, but raising them in large quantities has proven to be a challenge over the years.
So scientists and biologists had to carry the silk-producing gene segments into goat's milk. However, only a small percentage of genetically engineered goats are successful because of the high failure rate. Spider goats are like ordinary goats, except for the fact that their DNA has been modified with the gene of a golden spider.
Currently the success rate is just under 50%. The amount of milk obtained from these goats will then be purified into spider silk protein for production.
In addition to the ability to produce spider silk milk, these goats have almost no changes in health, appearance and personality compared to normal goats.