Saturday, July 16, 2016

U.S. Army Is Using Genetically Engineered Spider Silk To Make Better Body Armour

Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, Army surgeon general, tries on the new tactical vest specifically designed for the female physique. Photo U.S. Army

Washington Times: Army tests genetically engineered spider silk for new body armor

‘Our fibers have a 30 to 40 percent elasticity before they break’

The U.S. Army wants body armor with incredible strength, and a company that specializes in genetically engineered spider silk may fulfill its wish.

Michigan-based Kraig Biocraft has been awarded a $100,000 contract by the Army’s Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment, or PM-SPIE office, to provide “shoot packs” of spider silk.

Kraig Biocraft, which has genetically altered silkworms for over decade, uses a technology that splices spider DNA into caterpillars. Officials plan on using the caterpillars’ “Dragon Silk” in body armor once the right formula is determined.

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