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Kraig completes phase one of silk production challenge
Pic: Kraig Biocraft
developer of spider silk based fibres, has announced that it has
completed the development phase of a new programme targeting the largest
challenge facing global silk production, viral pathogens. As reported
in the Journal of Biological Control, volume 31, viral diseases can
result in total annual silk production losses of as much as 32 per cent.
has developed its first immune-enhancing genetic insert, designed to
create disease-resistant silkworms. The company is now ready for its
first round of transgenic creation and resistance testing. This effort
was done in a parallel, and complementary, effort to the company’s
ground-breaking programme developing high-performance spider silk
inspired silk fibres and yarns, the company said in a media statement.
Global silk production is expected to reach $17 billion in 2021; the
economic impact of eliminating the loss from disease is a multi-billion
dollar opportunity. The company anticipates that its development of a
disease resistant silkworm could be licensed across the entire global
“Our work to enhance the disease resistance of
our silkworms complements and strengths our focus in bringing our
recombinant spider silk to market. We believe that success in this
effort will also provide significant opportunities for growth far beyond
the reach of Kraig’s in-house production capacity, with licensing
applications globally,” CEO and founder of Kraig, Kim Thompson said.