Dr Adam Rutherford with a goat that can produce silk
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The goats with spider genes and silk in their milk

17 January 2012 Last updated at 00:14 GMT

Prof Randy Lewis shows Adam Rutherford genetically modified goats at a farm at Utah State University, US, which produce large quantities of a spider silk that is among the strongest substances known to man.

The transplanted gene means the goat produce milk containing an extra protein, which is extracted and spun into spider silk thread.

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