A group of Polish pranksters are scaring up views on Youtube with a clever antic playing at many people’s worst fear: spiders.
Youtube video creator SA Wardega, whose channel boasts more than 1.5 million subscribers, set up hidden cameras and fabricated mock scenes to capture people’s shock reactions to an attack from a dog convincingly dressed up as a giant mutant spider (see video below).
While scientists are likely quite a ways from developing a mutant spider dog, they have made headway in creating real life lab-grown, genetically-modified “spider goats” who, for some reason, have been designed to produce spider’s silk in their milk.
A brief explanation from the BBC offered that a “transplanted gene means the goat produce milk containing an extra protein, which is extracted and spun into spider silk thread.”
The National Science Foundation contends that having goats make spider’s silk would be a breakthrough because, for one, “Humans love spider webs, but aren’t so crazy about their builders.”
Aside from that, molecular biology professor Randy Lewis suggests there are “a lot of applications” for having a goat-made spider silk, which has a tensile strength 5 times stronger than steel.
“There’s a lot of interest in spider silk fibers because they’re stronger than almost any other manmade fiber and they’re also elastic,” professor Lewis has stated. “People are interested in them for things like artificial ligaments and artificial tendons, bulletproof vests and even car airbags–something that would allow you to be contained, but not blown back in your seat.”
Scientists across the globe have also strangely focused their efforts towards creating a myriad of animals that can glow in the dark, from glowing sheep and pigs, to cats and dogs that illuminate under ultraviolet light.
All this, in addition to a recent push to normalize human embryos created from the genes of three different parents, demonstrates how humans truly are drifting toward the technocratic scenes envisioned in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World more than 80 years ago.