Soldiers Could Soon Be Wearing Armour Made From Genetically Engineered Spider Silk

Soldiers Could Soon Be Wearing Armour Made From Genetically Engineered Spider Silk
July 14 10:33 2016 Print This Article

(HUFF POST TECH) – The US Army is investing up to $1m in the development of spider silk body armour that could be lighter, thinner, more flexible and tougher than steel.

The miracle material is spun by genetically engineered silkworms, which are considered more manageable than their arachnid counterparts.

Spider DNA is inserted into the silkworms in order for the silk to be harvested on an industrial scale.

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories will be be granted nearly $100,000 (£75,260) to develop materials that can be used for performance testing. If the ballistic trials are successful, the US Army will offer the company up to $1m (£752,600) to significantly expand the work.

Silk is not quite as strong as Kevlar but it is considerably lighter and much more flexible, making the material a potentially revolutionary military fabric and raising the possibility of full body suits – a la Spidey.

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