Combat Armor, Spider Style

Protection for the Next Generation

This U.S. Military combat vest is made lighter and more flexible, thanks to the addition of Dragon Silk

http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/research/a21793/army-body-armor-spider-silk/

This U.S. Military combat vest is made lighter and more flexible, thanks to the addition of Dragon Silk

Ryan McFarlin

Combat armor is no new thing, as kevlar vests are decades old and date back to Vietnam. This life saving material seems due for a monolithic upgrade, especially to the genetic engineering corporation, Kraig Biocraft. They immediately resolved on spider silk, as it is five times more resilient than steel. Now, the issue with that is, spider farming is impossible, due to their cannibalistic nature and how sparingly they release silk. There are other means of procuring silk, but spider silk is the material they wish to procure.

To fix this difficult problem, they are experimenting with inserting spider genes into other animals. The gene has been successfully combined into animals like goats, silkworms, and even humans. Spider goats can release spider silk proteins through milk, which can be harvested slightly more often, but not enough and not in the proper form. The company believes silkworms will be the answer to their problems, due to the ability of silkworms to provide silk already. All Kraig Biocraft must do is replace a few simple genes in their DNA with that of an arachnid and they have a limitless supply of the miraculous material. Welcome to the new and improved biological battlefield, provided by the most peculiar of sources.