The Silkworm Diaries

Spinning Collagen

Genetically altered silkworms may provide collagen for medical uses, according to this article. Researchers at Japan Science and Technology Corporation in Hiroshima succeeded in placing a human gene for collagen production into silkworms.

Collagen is widely used in plastic surgery for filling in wrinkles and plumping up lips, but also for filling in scar tissue.

Collagen now comes from cows — and, I think, human cadavers.


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