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This is bullet-proof human skin made from spider silk and goat milk. Yes, really.
io9 ^ | 8/15/11 | Esther Inglis-Arkell

Posted on 08/15/2011 9:47:39 PM PDT by LibWhacker

This is bullet-proof human skin - made from spider silk and goat milk. Yes, really. Jalila Essaidi is testing the limits of human endurance, and it starts by having to milk spider-goats. Spider goats are otherwise innocent-looking goats that have been genetically engineered to produce milk packed with the protein made in spider's silk. (There is no definitive proof that this also gives them a propensity to skitter up walls or hide out in your sock drawer, but I think it does.)

Once the goats are milked, Essaidi spins the protein into fiber that is ten times stronger than steel, and mixes it with human skin.

Basically she's created a fiber matrix of the protein, laced liberally with human skin cells. The result is a composite of human skin that can actually stop bullets, as you can see in this picture below.

This is bullet-proof human skin - made from spider silk and goat milk. Yes, really. The project is called '2.6g 329m/s' after the weight and the velocity of a .22 calibre long rifle bullet. The ultimate goal of the project is to create bullet proof humans by replacing the keratin in our skin with spider's silk, making it much tougher. The current project, though, is a more modest endeavor. The outer and the inner layer of skin will grow around a matrix of spider's silk, making an overall composition that is bullet proof.

This is bullet-proof human skin - made from spider silk and goat milk. Yes, really. You can see the whole project (with narration in Dutch) in this video.


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: bullet; bulletproof; chimera; gmo; goat; human; milk; monsanto; proof; silk; skin; spider
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1 posted on 08/15/2011 9:47:43 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Wonder how well it will stand up to 750 grain bronze solid spun on a electric screw machine with an aerodynamic coefficient of .91 traveling at 2800 fps?


2 posted on 08/15/2011 9:55:13 PM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: LibWhacker

Ahh... interesting. I hope one day I can take a trip around like Spider-Man too (sarc).


3 posted on 08/15/2011 9:55:24 PM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: LibWhacker
What could possibly go wrong?

Mixing spider, goat and human DNA?

Hopefully they can proceed full speed ahead without any ninnies raising objections that God actually "knew what He was doing" when he created us.

Is a sarcasm tag really needed here?

4 posted on 08/15/2011 10:01:50 PM PDT by JOAT
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To: going hot
Wonder how well it will stand up to 750 grain bronze solid spun on a electric screw machine with an aerodynamic coefficient of .91 traveling at 2800 fps?

Likely not well. Spiders are notoriously splattered by a screen swatter, much less a weapon of guaranteed destruction, goats less so but imperceptably.

While there are undoubted benefits to turtle shell skin it is manifestly uncomfortable. Kevlar works just fine, thanks anyway.

5 posted on 08/15/2011 10:04:36 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This IS my blog site.)
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To: Louis Foxwell
Likely not well.

No, not at all, I'm thinking.

6 posted on 08/15/2011 10:08:29 PM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: LibWhacker

A .22 slug traveling at 99fps is a pretty low standard for bulletproof material.

They definitely need to seek a remedy for stuff traveling in the 2700-3200fps range.


7 posted on 08/15/2011 10:11:02 PM PDT by lurk
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To: LibWhacker

A .22 slug traveling at 99fps is a pretty low standard for bulletproof material.

They definitely need to seek a remedy for stuff traveling in the 2700-3200fps range.


8 posted on 08/15/2011 10:11:15 PM PDT by lurk
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To: LibWhacker

Wow! She has a wicked English accent in the video. I could barely understand her. But interesting post.


9 posted on 08/15/2011 10:11:59 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: LibWhacker

“It puts the lotion on its skin or it gets the hose again.”


10 posted on 08/15/2011 10:14:18 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: JOAT

Bring on the centaurs, mermaids and cyclops already!


11 posted on 08/15/2011 10:24:16 PM PDT by Soothesayer9
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To: lurk

Actually, that slug would be traveling a little shy of 1070 fps.


12 posted on 08/15/2011 10:25:43 PM PDT by IYellAtMyTV (Je t'aime, faire du bruit comme le cochon.)
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To: LibWhacker
by replacing the keratin in our skin with spider's silk

I think they might have meant collagen.

If they could replace the collagen, they might be able to eliminate age related wrinkles...

13 posted on 08/15/2011 10:36:40 PM PDT by null and void (Day 934. The mob is decisive when the law is not.)
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To: LibWhacker

Do you think it’s unwise to be genetically engineering with goats and humans?

Naaaaaaah.


14 posted on 08/15/2011 11:03:40 PM PDT by dangus
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To: lurk
Well you gotta start somewhere. I am sure they know that stopping a .22 bullet is not the end all but you got to give them credit for coming up with a really strong construction fabric from raw materials that are plentiful and not many who would have thought of combining those types for that use. It is pretty outside the box thinking here. Plus think about how light weight it is.

That they can't stop a .44 mag right out of the starting gate does not diminish this invention in any way. I think it is really a great find they have here. Think of the possibilities of other composite materials that can be made this way, other things that can be added to it, and other applications besides just bulletproofing. There is all kinds of medical uses for such a tough skin such as burn victims, hemophilia, sensitive skin diseases, extra layering for working in hazardous areas, frostbite prevention, clothing, housing materials, windows, rope, outerspace materials, reinforcing polymers for all types of uses, etc... the list goes on.

Plus it is a different way of manufacturing that can be looked into for other possibilities and applications.

15 posted on 08/15/2011 11:08:01 PM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: tsowellfan
Wow! She has a wicked English accent in the video. I could barely understand her. But interesting post.

Alright, you got me. Because I read your comment before watching, I spent the first 20 seconds of the video trying to actually understand her ;-)

16 posted on 08/15/2011 11:16:02 PM PDT by GizmosAndGadgets (How free are you in America today?)
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To: GizmosAndGadgets

I spent more than that before I realized it.


17 posted on 08/15/2011 11:17:31 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: GizmosAndGadgets
One time I was listening to shortwave radio (okay I had a glass of Bacardi at the time) and I quickly tuned it to a radio station and was listening to it as I did other work at the desk. 45 minutes later I ask myself "what the HECK is that guy saying!" It took me 45 minutes to realize it was German and not English.

They do say, however, if you ever wondered what English sounds like to foreigners who cannot speak English. The closest language it sounds like is German.

So, I do have that excuse to fall on.

18 posted on 08/15/2011 11:20:45 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: Grizzled Bear

You ~know~ what I’m thinking.....;]


19 posted on 08/15/2011 11:22:57 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...clowns will eat me.)
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To: leapfrog0202

PLEASE CONTRIBUTE

Freepathon Day 46

20 posted on 08/15/2011 11:27:30 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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