Kraig Biocraft Labs, a biotech research firm with its sights set on producing spider silk in commercial quantities, is ever-advancing toward its goal with the help of an extremely talented group of scientists. With the success of their endeavors rapidly materializing as an eventuality, as opposed to a possibility, the Kraig Labs researchers are nearing the culmination of more than 30 years of combined experience with complex protein polymers derived from the silk of a spider.

The lineup begins with Dr. Malcolm Fraser, graduate of Ohio State University, whose work in developing a genetic expression system now plays an instrumental role in the industrial production of organic molecules. Dr. Fraser is also the co-inventor of the “piggyBac” gene-splicing method, an achievement which led to his being named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Aiding Dr. Fraser is Dr. Randy Lewis, a biochemist with accreditation from UC San Diego, and holder of numerous patents relating to the field of spider silk polymer production. Dr. Lewis has, quite impressively, been dedicated to the pursuit of spider silk research since 1990, when he contributed to the first of more than a dozen scientific papers on the subject.

Rounding out the group is Dr. Donald Jarvis, who obtained his Ph.D in Virology at Baylor College of Medicine. Like Dr. Fraser, Dr. Jarvis holds several patents in the field of molecular biology, and genetic engineering. Though his work with spider silk did not begin until after 2000, Dr. Jarvis has been a leading authority in biochemistry for more than 20 years.

These individuals, along with others, are working tirelessly to effect the development of a method by which spider silk may be commercially produced. The technical possibilities with respect to hypothetical uses of the substance following their success are nearly limitless. Kraig Biocraft Laboratories is approaching this goal by leaps and bounds, thanks to the vision and ingenuity of these talented scientists.

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