Kraig Biocraft Laboratories is a biotechnology company primarily focused on pursuing a unique protein expression system with the objective of producing the next generation of technical fibers. The company is utilizing state of the art genetic techniques in order to develop a transgenic silkworm capable of producing commercially viable amounts of spider silk.
Spider silk is known as one of the strongest fibers found in nature. The fiber is extremely elastic and resilient and has several properties that are unmatched by even the most exotic of man-made fibers. Spider silk has an unparalleled ability to absorb energy and dissipate it in a very controlled manner, making it especially attractive for applications where energy absorption is a key design factor.
One of spider silk's most significant properties is its extreme resistance to breaking under strain. This characteristic makes spider silk particularly appealing for use as a super fiber. Pound for pound, spider silk is much stronger than steel with clear evidence of spider silk being at least five times stronger than steel of the same diameter.
There is little debate whether spider silk is superior over many other man-made and natural fibers for certain applications, however the issue is how to cost effectively produce spider silk in sufficient quantities. With Kraig Biocraft's leading team of scientific experts and breakthroughs taking place in the lab, the world is closer than ever to experiencing the many benefits offered by this exciting technology.
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