Next Big Thing – bulletproof spider-goat silk skin

Artist creates bulletproof skin using silk extracted from transgenic spider goats. Hooray for science!

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It really exists. Artist Jalila Essaïdi has created a synthetic tissue made from a matrix of bioengineered human skin cells and a spider silk weave extracted from transgenic goats.

Science be praised! Bulletproof, you say?

Yup. The bioengineered skin managed to stop a bullet fired at half speed (164.5 m/s). It didn't hold up to a bullet fired at full speed, though.

Excellent! Where do I sign up for a bulletproof skin transplant? I will only use my powers for good…

There's a bit of a way to go before this material becomes a practical proposition – though Essaïdi is hoping to use it in skin transplants, so a Deus Ex-esque future of bulletproof people sporting hybrid skins made from spider-goat silk could be on the cards.

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