Want to be Bulletproof?


Bulletproof Skin

The Forensic Genomics Consortium in the Netherlands is working to make a bulletproof skin.

The scientists, using genetics, engineered Goat’s milk so that it contains the same protein as a spider’s web.

It is believed that once the milk has been obtained from the Goat, it can be spun out then woven into a fabric that would become ten times stronger than steel.

The scientists further believe that the fabric could then be blended with human skin.

If they are correct it would mean they could produce human skin that was capable of stopping a bullet.

Genghis Khan


The idea of using silk as armor is not really a new one.

Genghis Khan issued his soldiers with silk vests. An arrow hitting silk will not break, therefore making it easier to remove.

Dutch researcher Jalila Essaidi said, imagine a vest similar to that of a Genghis Khan’s one but capable of stopping bullets.

In the past bulletproof skin was only thought of as something from science fiction: Superman, Spiderman or the like but could soon be reality.


Although the tests so far have not been perfect, the team still remains confident that they will be successful with further research.

Their eventual plan is to take the process one step further.

They do not only want to create a bulletproof vest but wish to produce bulletproof skin.

When their research reaches a certain stage, they hope to replace the Keratin in the skin with the protein of the silk.

Keratin is currently the protein in human skin that is responsible for the skins toughness.

Their next stage is to build a layer of real skin around a sample of bulletproof skin. This should take about five weeks.

This indeed is science fiction becoming reality but will it serve any purpose?

In this modern age of technology and violence, as soon as one defense is built, a new weapon is developed to make the new defense obsolete.

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Stigma31 5 years ago from Kingston, ON

Great Hub, excellently written and easy to read....Voting up! I think I would rather dodge a bullet though. Even if silk is stronger than steel, you would need a fairly think skin to stop a bullet.

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A brilliant hub which I have to vote up.

Take care


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BWD316 5 years ago from Connecticut

interesting hub, voted up

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ptosis 5 years ago from Arizona

pound for pound, silk is stronger than steel and is more flexible. So in the future, military will be genetic hybrids? Aquaman? Want to know a gruesome story about the last Tsar of Russia women & he-worlds-most-expensive-body-armour-in-history?

Then read http://socyberty.com/history/the-worlds-most-expen...

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Lyn.Stewart 5 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

wow ... I didn't know a lot of this so thanks for opening my eyes ... voted up and interesting

I don't know that I would ever want or get this skin as who knows what it would do to me.

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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

I gotta have a bullet-proof vest! I found I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I must give this an “Up ONE and awesome.” I'm always your fan! RJ

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