Kraig Biocraft operates in a multi-billion dollar world market that has been growing by as much as 30 percent each year since the mid-Seventies. This market is Genetic Engineering. While some aspects of this relatively new science have become controversial due to many moral and legal implications, the work being done at Kraig Biocraft would be applauded by even the shrewdest skeptics. The end result of the research and development taking place at Kraig could very well improve our lives, without causing the same sort of harm associated with many areas of the field.
Human beings have been aware of the astonishing strength of certain types of spider silk for generations, yet have never been able to harness it for practical use. Scientists realized that while the silk itself could be reproduced artificially, its true strength was derived from the spinnerets (silk glands) of the spiders which produced it naturally. This realization led to a fundamental roadblock with respect to mass-production for commercial use which has stumped the scientific community for decades. Spiders are cannibalistic, rendering the formation of a collective large enough to produce adequate quantities of silk practically impossible.
The scientists at Kraig Biocraft believe that they have found the solution to this technical issue: The Silkworm. By inserting the genetic “code” for silk used by spiders into silkworms, which boast spider-like spinnerets, they believe it is possible to create a medium in which large amounts of this astronomically useful substance can be economically produced. The ramifications of their success will be far-reaching indeed. The possible areas of application for “packaged” spider silk include, but are not limited to: textiles, industrial netting, automotive (such as seatbelts and airbags), ropes and cables with unprecedented strength, as well as several architectural, military, aeronautic, and everyday uses.
The company holds proprietary genetic engineering technologies that will affect the successful commercialization of the finished product. It seems only a matter of time before spider silk replaces high-tensile steel as the preferred substance of engineers everywhere. If and when that happens, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories will likely be at the forefront of a revolution in the production of high-performance polymers that could change the world.
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