Bulletproof skin has been preserved in Hollywood movies, but a team of Dutch scientists has claimed to have bridge the gap between science and science fiction by making such skin a reality.
Dutch artist Jalila Essaïdi along with the Forensic Genomics Consortium Netherlands (FGCN) said they have made a piece of bulletproof skin from spider silk and human skin cells.
The skin is on exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History, Naturalis in Leiden, in the Netherlands, a press release stated.
The project called '2.6g 329m/s' was name after the maximum weight, 2.6 grams, and velocity 329m/s, of a .22 calibre long rifle bullet from which a type 1 bulletproof vest should protect a person.
The team claims that during a firing process, this bullet ‑ with partly reduced speed ‑ went straight through a normal piece of human skin. The 'bulletproof' human skin stopped the bullet at the same speed, but didn't survive a shot with the actual speed after which the project was named, the release stated.
"By creating this 'bulletproof' human skin I want to explore the social, political, ethical and cultural issues surrounding safety," Essaïdi said in a statement. "With this work I want to show that safety in its broadest sense is a relative concept, and hence the term bulletproof. Even with the 'bulletproof'-skin being pierced by the faster bullet the experiment is in my view still a success. The art project is based on and leads to a debate on the question 'Which forms of safety are socially important? And last but not least the project leads to aesthetically very impressing and fascinating results."
The project has won the team the Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Awards, a prize that seeks to connect art, design and life sciences, the release also noted.
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