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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; goat; human; milk; proof; silk; skin; spider

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

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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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To: JOAT

And we need to be bulletproof why?

Terrible in all respects.


21 posted on 08/15/2011 11:57:19 PM PDT by truthfreedom
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To: LibWhacker

We saw a TV special on this a couple of years ago. It was fascinating!


22 posted on 08/16/2011 12:03:10 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Captain Beyond; lurk

I think skin stopping a .22 is a BIG step. I am not sure what the applications for this technology would be (special forces with certain ‘enhancements,’ fabric that is far lighter and more flexible than kevlar, ???), but the fact remains that melding this with more traditional armor technologies would produce a blended result that is far better than what is currently available. For instance, uniforms for soldiers where the entire uniform (all the way to boots and gloves) has a mid-level resistance to bullets and other projectiles, meaning that even at the most basic level (a soldier/Marine wearing only his uniform) there is some innate ballistic protection for soldiers. Meaning that for more enhanced protection the soldier/Marine would still have to wear higher-grade ballistic protection (to cater for the higher powered weapons that may be firing at him), but all the same having an entire uniform capable of stopping most handgun ammunition (as the technology is developed it will cover more than a .22, and with enough layers who knows what it may be capable of while remaining lighter and more flexible than kevlar). I think it is a good development. A seriously good development. In the private arena I am sure it is just a matter of time before I can buy a suit that looks exactly like the ones I have but can stop most bullets a civilian would encounter.


23 posted on 08/16/2011 12:19:21 AM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: tsowellfan
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.

That could be true. When I was an exchange student in France, my French family took me to visit Versailles. Some German tourists were nearby, and my family asked if they were speaking English.

To me, German sounds nothing like English.

24 posted on 08/16/2011 12:30:41 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: tsowellfan
Wow! She has a wicked English accent in the video. I could barely understand her.

That's cuz it ain't English... It's Dutch.

25 posted on 08/16/2011 12:34:15 AM PDT by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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To: JOAT

“What could possibly go wrong?
Mixing spider, goat and human DNA? “

I don’t know but I think dating and human sexuality...at least for the male will get a lot more hazardous.(note the propensity in some spider species for the females to consume the males in the final throes of mating!)


26 posted on 08/16/2011 2:54:44 AM PDT by mdmathis6 (Christ came not to make mankind into God but to put God into men!)
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To: spetznaz

Cuben fiber is stronger than kevlar.

Only reason I know that, is someone close to me built Steve Fossett’s massively huge 5143-square-foot Cuben Fibre mainsails for the PlayStation/Cheyenne in her round the world speed record.


27 posted on 08/16/2011 3:24:40 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Don't just live your life, but witness it also.")
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To: LibWhacker
Add a computer skin tattoo and you're good to go.


28 posted on 08/16/2011 3:30:44 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Don't just live your life, but witness it also.")
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To: LibWhacker

Sounds like Muzzie -sponsored research...going for recycling their suicide bombers...


29 posted on 08/16/2011 4:58:21 AM PDT by mo
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To: LibWhacker

ok, it stops the bullet from penetrating.. how does it hold up to the blunt force trauma?


30 posted on 08/16/2011 5:33:59 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: LibWhacker

The Rice With Human Genes
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-440302/The-rice-human-genes.html

US greenlights human/rice hybrid
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/03/06/rice_humans/

GM TRIALS TO FIND MEDICINE RAISE NEW ETHICAL FEARS; HUMAN GENE CROP FURY
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~rone/GEessays/humangenesrice.htm


31 posted on 08/16/2011 9:30:18 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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