As part of a “bio-art” project, Dutch artist Jalila Essaïdi collaborated with researcher Randy Lewis with the goal of developing bulletproof skin.

The artist-scientist partnership are an unlikely duo capable of making incredible discoveries. Case and point, the left brain/right brain collaboration between Dutch artist, Jalila Essaidi and Utah State University researcher, Randy Lewis. Recently, Lewis and his team attracted worldwide attention when they discovered a commercially viable way to manufacture silk fibers using goats that had spider genes inserted into their makeup. Dutch artist Jalila Essaidi with the help of Lewis conducted an experiment weaving the lattice of human skin cells and silk, resulting in a skin-like material that was capable of stopping bullets fired at reduced speeds.

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