If you come across a spider’s web, don’t bother shooting at it.
Dutch bio-artist Jalila Essaidi, and the Forensic Genomics Consortium in the Netherlands have come up with a virtually bulletproof skin made of spider silk and human skin cells.
The Forensic Genomics Consortium focuses on a specialized area of DNA analysis of biological crime scene samples. Artist Jalila Essaidi produces art works with a focus on “a recognition of the transience of things.” Together, they have created a bulletproof fiber called “2.6g 329m/s.”
The impetus for this project was a desire to create a new performance standard for the bulletproof vest. A portion of their research focused on finding out whether human skin would be able to produce a similar version of the stronger-than-steel thread produced by spiders.
To discover the answer, Essaidi and the Consortium implanted transgenic spider silk into human skin and “let a bullet do its work.”
Though the skin was able to stop a .22 caliber bullet fired at reduced speed, it was not able to stop the same type of bullet fired at normal speed.
Maybe the answer is the creation of reduced speed guns.