Bulletproof Human Skin Works! Kind of.

About six months, I did a story on bulletproof human skin, a transgenic art project created by Jalila Essaidi and the Forensic Genomics Consortium Netherlands.

But does it work? Tune into the testing phase at 3:00.


(Bullet-proof human skin video)

It turns out that their current implementation does not stop a full-seed bullet; however, it does stop a bullet at a lower speed.

As Achilles knows, it's important to have bulletproof skin all over, including your heels. Other (more recent) sfnal examples include skinweave from an old cyberpunk role-playing game, and this similar example from Sos the Rope by Piers Anthony:

"The surgeon placed flexible plastic panels under the skin of his belly and lower back, tough enough to halt the driven blade of a knife or sword."

Via MedGadget; thanks to Winchell Chung (aka @nyrath) for the tip on this story.

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