Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope (Scientists in the Field Series) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-08 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" Very sciency, a lot about the process. The series is Scientists in the Field, so you get the scientists names and their test subject names and great photos. It is tagged YA so I might introduce this to a high school, especially with the focus on STEM. " said.

" Outstanding and challenging non-fiction with incredible content, photos, resources, and endless potential for developing curiosity about and investigation of the wonders of nature, specifically the lowly spider web. " said.

" Learned some interesting things going on in the scientific world today -- goats with spider silk genes (silk extracted from milk, not spun), sending spiders and other insects into space to see how they function, etc. Lots of explanations for the younger audience (middle school and up) about DNA and similar concepts and processes. " said.

" This was a very interesting book that I THOUGHT was mostly about spiders, but was really about DNA and altering DNA in animals. The book describes a group of scientists that are trying to use spider DNA to create a variety of outcomes, including stronger goats, better fibers, and more. It was also very fast paced and broken into small pieces so you could easily use it as a read aloud. " said.

" An interesting addition to the superb Scientists in the Field series. Includes detailed information about spiders, and explores scientists' work to replicate spider silk DNA for use in products like Kevlar and sutures. Describes the processes that create transgenic animals and plants, and explains the controversy surrounding such creations. " said.

" Interesting facts on how spider silk plays a part in many areas of life we don't normally consider. The section on transgenic goats and milk that can (eventually) be spun into spider silk is especially surprising. From cover to cover, a very thorough look into the world of the many uses of spider silk. Excellent photographs that students are sure to enjoy. " said.

" This was an OK book about how scientists are trying to grow spider silk from various sources in an attempt to advance various medical practices and other avenues of science. It had a lot of pictures, but they weren't super engaging, and the narrative was dry. I was expecting some really cool stuff, but it was pretty iffy in terms of the level of excitement. Oh well... Can't win 'em all. " said.

" An interesting and informative text that helps one to debate the pros and cons of genetically-engineered materials. Even though the tone of the book is very pro-science, I found that I was still able to make up my own mind in regards to these topics and studies. Fascinating information coupled with extensive photographs makes this a must read for any science enthusiast! " said.

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