Have I mentioned this book? I don’t think so… I highly recommend it:
Bridget Heos (2013) Stronger than Steel: Spider silk DNA and the quest for better bulletproof vests, sutures, and parachute rope. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children: Boston, New York.
It’s part of a series trying to share real world science with younger readers (and older readers, too, of course). This book looks at the work being done to make use of spider silk. It explains DNA and transgenics and the ethical discussions surrounding transgenic work – from a scientifically informed perspective. It is also really interesting … and so engaging….