Kraig Biocraft excitedly announced today that the scientific team has achieved the activation of fluorescent marker gene sequences that were incorporated into spider silk DNA packets by the researchers. The team has successfully inserted the DNA packets into silkworms, which are now visibly emitting florescence.
CEO Kim K. Thompson commented, The fact that we are now seeing fluorescence in the modified silkworms establishes that the DNA insertion packets are working and that we have succeeded in obtaining chromosomal insertion and expression. In other words, not only are the DNA packets incorporating themselves into the silkworm chromosome as expected, the silkworms are actually producing the fluorescent proteins as they are instructed to do by the genetic coding in the spider silk insertion packets.”
The DNA packets contain the genetic instructions for the production of new spider silk based fibers and textiles. The florescent marker sequences, which are included in the packets, instruct the silkworm to produce florescent proteins. Because the silkworm is producing florescent proteins, the scientists know that they have succeeded in altering its DNA, because silkworms do not naturally produce florescent proteins.
This achievement is a huge step forward for Kraig Labs. The fact that these proteins are markers establishes that the DNA packets have been successfully transferred. “The atmosphere here is one of tremendous excitement,” said Thompson.
“Another generation will be required in order to test whether we have achieved a germ line stable transgenic,” continued Mr. Thompson. “The team will be able to test the next generation for the florescent makers within the ten days. From then on, we should have a new generation of silkworms ready for testing at regular intervals of approximately fourteen days. This is a dramatic shift forward in the Company’s spider silk and high performance polymer development program.”
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