US researchers have created silkworms that are genetically modified to spin much stronger silk.
The web formed by a spider is fascinating because it is stronger than steel.
Researchers are interested in using these webs to make commercial products; however, it is not possible to "farm" spiders for this because spiders don't produce enough of silk.
On the other hand, silkworms can produce large quantities.
Researchers recently transplanted the genes from a spider into a silkworm and now their silk is just as strong as a spider.
I wonder what they are planning on doing with this new silk.