Want to be Bulletproof?
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.
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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