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ANN ARBOR – Spider silk-based fibre manufacturer Kraig Biocraft Laboratories (Kraig Labs) has developed new lines of potentially disease-resistant silkworms in a bid to combat a virus culpable for wiping out masses of Bombyx mori, the silkworm moth.

According to research cited by the Michigan-based innovator, a majority of silkworm raisers report losses due to the virus, which is a variant of nucleopolyhedrovirus.

“We are very excited to begin challenge testing for these immunity enhanced silkworm lines,” said COO Jon Rice. “Our intention is to license this technology to silk producers all over the world.”

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