Spider-Silk 'Skin' To Make Bulletproof People

August 15, 2011


That...doesn't look like it worked.

Jalila Essaid is a woman. A woman with a dream. A dream of being bulletproof. Personally, I'd just stop running with a such a tough crowd and start working on an invisibility cloak, but that's just me and I'm what they call reasonable trying to hide in the women's locker room.

The project is called "2.6g 329m/s," as 2.6 grams and 326 meters a second are "the maximum weight and velocity of a .22 calibre Long Rifle bullet from which a Type 1 bulletproof vest should protect you," according to Essaidi. Essaidi isn't looking to create a better bulletproof vest, however. Her prototype, pictured above, is a wafer formed by sandwiching a spider silk matrix between two layers of human tissue.

...last year a team at the University of Wyoming experimented with introducing the "spiders' dragline silk gene into goats in such a way that the goats would only make the protein in their milk." Researchers can then extract the protein from the milk and -- voilà! -- they have useable spider silk...

Oh man, I'd drink spider-silk goat milk. And you know what? I bet a bunch of rich f***ers at Whole Foods would too. "Peter Parker's Spider-Silk Goat Milk: Your recommended daily allowance of Spider-Man in every glass." Mmmm, I would guzzle that shit. Well, at least until I realized it didn't give me superpowers. *wipes milk mustache, tries shooting web* F*** this -- where's the Yoohoo aisle?

Official Project Site
Scientist wants to make 'bulletproof people' using spider silk [dvice]

Thanks to Elise and turtlebone, who like their milk how they like their sleep -- with absolutely nothing to do with spiders involved.

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