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A protective suit made of the genetically modified web is being developed for the US Army

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The Pentagon has signed a contract with Kraig Biocraft for the development of an individual protection kit from the genetically modified web. Rossiyskaya Gazeta with reference to Popular Mechanics.



The initial contract amount is $ 100 thousand, but this is only for research work, which should answer whether it is possible to use the web to protect a person.

The product itself (modified web) has already been received, and in the case of positive research results, the company will be able to earn millions.

“In principle, the spider silk obtained by gene mutation (or, as Kraig Biocraft calls it,“ dragon silk ”) is not as durable as Kevlar (the para-aramid fiber fabric that is now used in aviation and to create the latest personal protective equipment). Synthetic material is about one third stronger, ”the article says.

But the web has its advantages. “It is much lighter, much more resilient, more stretched than Kevlar. The ease of the cobweb allows you to create armored fabrics with a large number of protective layers than the fabrics based on Kevlar. And this circumstance opens up the possibility to create an armored suit covering the whole body, ”the author writes, citing developers.

It is noted that the breeding of spiders in captivity to get the web on an industrial scale - is quite complicated. Therefore, the company's specialists took a different path: “they introduced the DNA of the spider into silkworms so that they could produce spider silk”.

Currently, the resulting product is tested for strength and wear.

It is worth noting that Russian scientists have been engaged in similar developments for several years now - the creation of armor based on nanotechnology.
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  1. hirurg
    hirurg 14 July 2016 13: 27
    +4
    Now liquid, then from the web ...
    Yes, do not care, we will soon have gunpowder from hemp.
    So that your costumes do not roll.)))
    1. cniza
      cniza 14 July 2016 13: 30
      +7
      Quote: hirurg
      Now liquid, then from the web ...
      Yes, do not care, we will soon have gunpowder from hemp.
      So that your costumes do not roll.)))


      Someone has been smoking this gunpowder for a long time, but seriously, such work is ongoing all the time, so we will wait for a breakthrough and the creation of new remedies, and there can also be many side discoveries.
      1. Ami du peuple
        Ami du peuple 14 July 2016 13: 40
        +11
        Quote: cniza
        but seriously, such work is ongoing all the time, so we will wait for a breakthrough and the creation of new means of protection
        So in the material indicated
        Russian scientists have been engaged in similar developments for several years - the creation of armor based on nanotechnology.
        The mention of nanotechnology is somewhat confusing - maybe biotechnology after all? Well, if suddenly Chubais's Rusnano is engaged in such nano-research, then several years of development will not be clearly limited - it will take tens of years and hundreds of millions of dollars.
        1. Svyatoslavich
          Svyatoslavich 14 July 2016 14: 07
          -1
          Mega-theft in nanotechnology;)
      2. iConst
        iConst 14 July 2016 15: 13
        +3
        Four guys are trifling: they modified silkworms.

        You need to modify your soldiers - let them immediately increase the armor on their asses.
        Teenage Mutant Turtles ... laughing
        1. Krasniy_lis
          Krasniy_lis 14 July 2016 15: 36
          +2
          Quote: iConst
          Teenage Mutant Turtles ...

          no, spedermen zhezh
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    3. Asadullah
      Asadullah 14 July 2016 13: 46
      +35
      Now liquid, then from the web ...
      Yes, do not care, we will soon have gunpowder from hemp.


      Gunpowder is made from cellulose by nitration. And cellulose is everywhere. It can even be made from sawdust. The cheap question is how to remove non-reactive residues and impurities such as lignin. There is hemp technology to ensure that the industry is independent of the supply of cotton. If there was plenty of Russian cotton, no one would have worn hemp.

      Cobweb, a material completely different from Kevlar. First of all, the fact that the spider practically folds it out of particles the size of angstroms, somehow orienting it correctly in space. In such "packing" any woven material will be very strong due to the covalent bonds that literally permeate the entire product. That is why the Americans will fail. (Who does not believe I can argue about the bottle of Otard.) It will not work because it is not a matter of the protein structure of the web; it differs little chemically in silkworms, but in the way of twisting and orientation. the silk worm produces it in spirals, as if gluing together, and the spider releases even threads that are intertwined with each other due to Coulomb charges. From that there is only one way out, to breed a special breed of spiders.
      1. Bulrumeb
        Bulrumeb 14 July 2016 13: 52
        +4
        From there is only one way out, to breed a special breed of spiders

        and the case will end with another Hollywood blockbuster
        1. Temples
          Temples 14 July 2016 13: 54
          +12
          Asadullah, thank you.
          There is more information in your comment than in the article.
          In addition, your information is informative.
          hi
          1. Asadullah
            Asadullah 14 July 2016 14: 04
            +10
            In addition, your information is informative.


            smile Unpleasant topic. Once my fighters were laughing like horses when he told me that soon unmanned vehicles, such as children's models, will be engaged in reconnaissance and target designation. Well, okay, in those days it even corresponded to my callsign))) But, comrade, he unsuccessfully pushed his methods of spatial orientation of artificial threads into Kosyginka. So he died with the stigma of a city madman .... but it’s like ....
            1. dauria
              dauria 14 July 2016 19: 16
              +1
              So he died with the stigma of a city madman .... but it’s like ....


              Yes, they laugh in vain, I just do not think that spiders and worms
              will be used. They will learn their method and come up with something suitable for technologists. But it can turn out a miracle, as with graphene. Two-dimensional crystals of carbon (graphene), silicon (silicene), phosphorus (phosphorus), germanium (germanen) are made.
              And decent films - up to a meter. And 1 atom thick. And the prospects seem to be - eyes run wide.

              In fact, even modern composites are carbon and fiberglass tracing paper from nature. Wood and animal bones are also composite.
              By the way, once a ridiculous thought came to my head - why not add small scraps of nichrome threads when smelting aluminum ... laughing Lack of knowledge generates an excess of ideas laughing
              1. Asadullah
                Asadullah 14 July 2016 23: 34
                +2
                By the way, once a ridiculous thought came to my head - why not add small scraps of nichrome threads when smelting aluminum ... laughing A lack of knowledge gives rise to an excess of laughing ideas


                Think correctly, but in a particular case this will interfere with the crystallization of the metal, and instead of monolithic following the example of reinforced concrete, you will get a kink and galvanic pair at the points of contact. It would be more correct to experiment with a stretched spring around which to pour metal. Spring of which magnesium-beryl alloy, or manganese.)

                Graphene was discovered back in the forties, as a form of carbon. And receiving the Nobel Prize for it in our time is not related to the material itself. She was given for the possibility of a controversial engineering solution for the application of such. As though today they give out for everything, there are no discoveries. Or fakes or engineering.
          2. hirurg
            hirurg 14 July 2016 18: 12
            +2
            If there was plenty of Russian cotton, no one would have steamed hemp.
            There would be no happiness, but misfortune helped.
            Yes, but according to research. When nitrating cannabis (not the one that some are thinking about), gunpowder is obtained at 20% with higher rates.
            With the same hitch, the projectile flies .....
            Gentlemen, MINUSERS, hello.
            1. Asadullah
              Asadullah 14 July 2016 19: 09
              +1
              Yes, but according to research. When nitrating cannabis (not the one that some are thinking about), gunpowder is obtained at 20% with higher rates


              Most likely, not indicators, but an output, since the density of hemp and flax fibers is higher. For as you don’t nitrate cellulose, one horseradish produces pyroxylins. Further know how than to dissolve and stratify it. By the way, you can experiment even at home.)))
        2. Fregate
          Fregate 14 July 2016 14: 09
          0
          Quote: Bulrumeb
          and the case will end with another Hollywood blockbuster

          By the way, the photo is real. In Pakistan, I think the spiders tried so hard.
        3. Vadim237
          Vadim237 14 July 2016 15: 32
          +1
          Ermine moth caterpillars do the same.
        4. Vladimirets
          Vladimirets 14 July 2016 19: 12
          0
          Quote: Bulrumeb
          another Hollywood blockbuster

          Such a blockbuster in Zamkadye is not uncommon, bird cherry moth is called. yes
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      3. oldseaman1957
        oldseaman1957 14 July 2016 13: 57
        +1
        Quote: Asadullah
        ... but in the way of twisting and orientation. its silkworm is produced by spirals, as if gluing together, and the spider produces even threads that are intertwined thanks to Coulomb charges.
        - What things a Worm with a Spider do! Where is Chubais ...
        1. V.ic
          V.ic 14 July 2016 14: 03
          +1
          Quote: oldseaman1957
          What a Worm and a Spider do! Where there chubais...

          Yes ... GN.de still need to grow to their level.
        2. Asadullah
          Asadullah 14 July 2016 14: 08
          +4
          Where there Chubais ..


          Chubais is a swindler. Barely saving an experimental lithium battery plant from bankruptcy. Which he had already decided to seize on shell companies. I don't know why they stand on ceremony with him, apparently he has some kind of "keys" ......
      4. Amurets
        Amurets 14 July 2016 14: 17
        0
        Quote: Asadullah
        It will not work because the matter is not in the protein structure of the web, in silkworms it differs little chemically, but in the way of twisting and orientation. its silkworm is produced by spirals, as if gluing together, and the spider produces even threads that are intertwined due to Coulomb charges. From that there is only one way out, to breed a special breed of spiders.

        Why? Isn't it easier to use what is. The technology has been worked out since the Soviet times. Http://www.techportal.ru/material/? Id = 9803
        1. Asadullah
          Asadullah 14 July 2016 15: 18
          +2
          Why? Isn’t it easier to use what is? The technology has been worked out since the Soviet era. // www.techportal.ru/material/?id=9803


          It's not about simplicity, comrade. All these technologies, Soviet and non-Soviet, work with woven and non-woven materials, sublimating them into geometric shapes. That is, trite folding mosaics from them, twisting and stretching. it all depends on the method and chemical composition. Here, completely different, allotropy at the level of molecules. You can observe the example of diamond, the hardest stone, the riddle of which consists only in the ordered arrangement of carbon atoms. And then, the allotropy of diamond is not ideal, it consists of a cluster of forms close to ideal. If we allow a perfect diamond in the form of a hexoctahedron, where only one carbon atom will be located at the tops of the corners, then this will truly be a magical object. Imagine a drill that, without rotating, enters into any material under the weight of only its weight, which may not exceed a few micrograms .... so a thread with an ideal arrangement of atoms corresponding to the angle of the covalent bond will have amazing properties. Bullet-proof vest is that, from them it is possible to make absolutely fantastic objects and tools. The world would change beyond recognition.
      5. Vadim237
        Vadim237 14 July 2016 15: 18
        0
        Yes, you can breed Spiders of the Crosses, they have offspring of several hundred in the nest.
        1. iConst
          iConst 15 July 2016 16: 32
          0
          Quote: Vadim237
          spiders krestavikov

          - to step ... laughing laughing laughing
      6. Hey
        Hey 14 July 2016 17: 28
        +1
        There was an article devoted to new gunpowders. In my opinion, even on this site.
        Indeed, it talked about the production of new ones, based on hemp and flax. Since this raw material can be produced in sufficient quantities on the territory of the Russian Federation. Moreover, the energy of new gunpowder is 1,5 times higher than that currently produced on the basis of cotton, which, as you know, is mainly growing in Asian countries and has to be purchased.
        So the irony about hemp is not appropriate.
    4. 2224460
      2224460 14 July 2016 13: 48
      0
      A protective suit made of the genetically modified web is being developed for the US Army
      Gennomodified say?, Nano-Chubais approves.
      1. Ased
        Ased 14 July 2016 14: 11
        0
        Quote: 2224460
        A protective suit made of the genetically modified web is being developed for the US Army
        Gennomodified say?, Nano-Chubais approves.


        Does this picture and name (nano-armor) seem to be from a CRYSIS toy? They are not gamers threw the idea of ​​development?
      2. Vitaly72
        Vitaly72 14 July 2016 19: 45
        -1
        From birch bark, pancake
    5. vkl.47
      vkl.47 14 July 2016 14: 34
      -3
      that is, they will be given one hundred kosykh and after a couple of years they will say that they say it didn’t work out. And the money is bye bye. The bike is carried away. In any case, this fabric can be used for swimmers or for sportswear. Let's see what the answer is 《warrior-3》. there is also planned protection on the same principle
  2. Stiletto
    Stiletto 14 July 2016 13: 28
    +6
    Following Spider-Man, they will create Ironman, Batman and what’s even further down the list of comics ...
    1. Smoked
      Smoked 14 July 2016 13: 29
      +1
      Black matter. To plummet and the planet is uninhabited.
    2. Asadullah
      Asadullah 14 July 2016 13: 54
      +2
      Following Spider-Man, they will create Ironman, Batman and what’s even further down the list of comics ...


      You shouldn't laugh, this direction is correct, but the method is wrong, as I wrote above. Correctly assembled and properly twisted, a material of phenomenal strength. And if you use, say, not protein, but carbon by this method, up to one such cobweb will cut a five-centimeter cable like butter, by the effort of a human hand. And a bullet covered with a net made of such a carbon "web" will penetrate a lot, it's even scary to imagine that, since completely different physics is already operating.
  3. sever.56
    sever.56 14 July 2016 13: 29
    +4
    A soldier of the US Army would be immediately modified genetically. Imagine - a battalion in which Spider-Mans serve ... They themselves produce this web, they themselves weave clothes, - beauty!
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  4. Monos
    Monos 14 July 2016 13: 31
    +6
    Oh, dance! Spider-Man, in kind! The comics have been read. Well now we have a khan.
    I’m even afraid to imagine what will happen next.
    1. Wiruz
      Wiruz 14 July 2016 13: 45
      +2
      I bet, if there was news, they say our scientists create body armor based on the web, then your comment would be absolutely the opposite of what was written smile
  5. Engineer
    Engineer 14 July 2016 13: 33
    +3
    Yes, about this I’ve read about 10 years ago, or maybe more. But things are still there.
    1. Mareman Vasilich
      Mareman Vasilich 14 July 2016 14: 27
      -1
      Well so, Tolik from Rusnano knows his business tightly.
  6. Stiletto
    Stiletto 14 July 2016 13: 33
    +2
    Quote: Monos
    Oh, dance! Spider-Man, in kind! The comics have been read. Well now we have a khan.


    We must not have a khan — who, without us, will be the main villain, with whom to fight the light elves?
  7. Muvka
    Muvka 14 July 2016 13: 36
    +7
    What's the point? Well, she will stop the bullet, and the striking power of the bullet (or as it is called correctly) will break all the ribs or break the insides. Now the problem is not so much to stop the bullet, but how to dissipate its energy.
    1. Kozliu
      Kozliu 14 July 2016 13: 43
      +1
      Forbidden effect, not a problem for a long time.
      The armor will not only be soft, armored ceramics will not go anywhere, it will only become thinner and lighter.
    2. Wiruz
      Wiruz 14 July 2016 13: 46
      0
      Good afternoon, reasonable person! Glad to read an adequate comment hi
  8. kolkulon
    kolkulon 14 July 2016 13: 44
    +1
    Fuckers. In Ukraine, a schoolgirl came up with a magnetic body armor, and then some kind of web. laughing
  9. Riv
    Riv 14 July 2016 13: 45
    +1
    Spider-Man! They exist !!! 111
  10. Nix1986
    Nix1986 14 July 2016 13: 48
    +1
    Much more interesting are protective equipment based on non-Newtonian fluids. There were a couple of announcements of research, but so far silence, but the topic is very promising. And on the news ... Well, Kevlar weighs relatively lightly, is lighter and not so strong ?! Who will need it ?! Athletes ?! The main thing all the same is the level of protection and if they are below the Kevlar, the prospects are foggy ...
  11. avg-mgn
    avg-mgn 14 July 2016 13: 57
    +3
    Here are the Chinese who brought out a um silkworm the size of a mouse, then they did not know what to poison, they ate everything in incredible quantities.
    1. Asadullah
      Asadullah 14 July 2016 14: 10
      0
      So the Chinese brought out a mouse-sized silkworm,


      So they seem to be the size of a mouse .....
      1. Krasniy_lis
        Krasniy_lis 14 July 2016 15: 46
        +1
        Quote: Asadullah
        into the mouse ...

        rather in a mouse. With a finger rarely. Usually smaller. And China did bring out a couple of times more than the standard.
  12. sir_obs
    sir_obs 14 July 2016 14: 01
    +2
    They will eat genetically modified foods, and the web itself will climb out of all the cracks.
  13. Banishing liberoids
    Banishing liberoids 14 July 2016 14: 01
    0
    Now all the spiders of the world are obliged to weave a web exclusively on the territory of the United States? And how many cobwebs are needed per protective kit? And if you are allergic to the web?
  14. Banishing liberoids
    Banishing liberoids 14 July 2016 14: 03
    +2
    I propose not to sell our web in the USA !!! angry
  15. Atlant-1164
    Atlant-1164 14 July 2016 14: 05
    +2
    For the US Army, protective diapers from a genetically modified web are being developed .. in the light of the strengthening of the Russian Army. So it will be more honest.
  16. Svyatoslavich
    Svyatoslavich 14 July 2016 14: 06
    0
    "A protective suit is being developed for the US Army from a genetically modified web" collected by virgins on a full moon ...
    :D
    I am glad: the "saw-rollback" system has been mastered not only in Russia.
    1. Krasniy_lis
      Krasniy_lis 14 July 2016 15: 48
      0
      Quote: Svyatoslavich
      the saw-rollback system has been mastered not only in Russia.

      What do you. This is generally a US invention, only called lobbying. And before them the whole world grows and grows. For everyone else, it's just a children's sandbox.
  17. soroKING
    soroKING 14 July 2016 14: 24
    -3
    we will overcome them in a pike command am
  18. NordUral
    NordUral 14 July 2016 14: 38
    0
    Humanity, or rather a certain part of it, has completely shifted its mind - instead of making life on the planet better for everyone, everyone is contemplating how to destroy humanity (most of it) under the root.
    1. Darkoff
      Darkoff 14 July 2016 15: 25
      0
      It just so happened that we live in a world of paradoxes: a weapon capable of destroying all life on earth is the best guarantee against large-scale wars; the lion's share of technological and medical progress has military roots.
      Military affairs, or rather, the desire to preserve life and freedom, motivates, apparently stronger than anything else.
  19. Berkut24
    Berkut24 14 July 2016 15: 01
    0
    I remember that before the collapse of the 3rd Reich, the Germans also convulsively created super weapons.
    1. Vadim237
      Vadim237 14 July 2016 15: 42
      -1
      Only here they create not over weapons, but protective material.
  20. OlegLex
    OlegLex 14 July 2016 15: 41
    0
    comrades forum users! read between the lines. the main news is not that the costumes are made of cobwebs, but that a huge amount of dough will be allocated for this business. and this loot American officials from the war and the same scientists will be sawing joyfully squealing. and then, most likely, as that horse from the anecdote will say "well, I couldn't, I couldn't"
  21. yuriy55
    yuriy55 14 July 2016 15: 44
    0
    I can assume that for the US Army - fighters known for their "bravery" among civilians, products No. 2 made of genetically modified rubber are more suitable wink A pair for each: one on his head so that everyone can see what they are .... fighters, the other - for their intended purpose, so that these super warriors are not born ... lol
  22. xant
    xant 14 July 2016 15: 46
    -1
    I hope that genetically modified "spiders" that make this web will break out and finally modify their brains, otherwise they got the whole world laughing
    1. Vadim237
      Vadim237 14 July 2016 17: 52
      -2
      These spiders then spread all over the world and begin to integrate into the biosystem, with negative consequences for the latter.
  23. Operator
    Operator 14 July 2016 15: 55
    +2
    Bulletproof vest from the web will not work - it is too elastic, under the impact of a bullet it will stretch, break bones and destroy internal organs. The bullet without a restraining injury is intercepted not even by ductile metal (which bends), but by hard ceramic (which is cracking).

    And the web will not work as an anti-fragmentation fabric, since it consists of a protein that, by definition, cannot withstand heating, despite the fact that modern anti-fragmentation uniforms made of polymer fabric, in addition to protecting against fragments, must also withstand the estimated time, not just heating, but the effect of an open flame .

    So on the face is another promising topic for cutting.
  24. Glaaki
    Glaaki 14 July 2016 20: 04
    +1
    And as usual, a parade of Petrosyans in the comments. Gee-gee, stupid Murikans from the web make armor, gee, well stupid !! 111
    And do not care that the tensile strength of the web is higher than that of steel. Spit that this experiment will also potentially help further development in the field of genetics. I don’t give a damn, it’s better to sparkly shchekkanem in comments about comics.
    1. dvina71
      dvina71 15 July 2016 02: 30
      -1
      Quote: Glaaki
      we’re better sparklingly in the comments about comics.

      Well, we then studied physics at schools and institutes, rather than reading comics.
      A thread can be of any strength, but this will not make a bulletproof vest out of it.
      Explain why? or a victim of the exam?
  25. Darth Revan
    Darth Revan 14 July 2016 21: 34
    +1
    On the one hand, someone clearly outplayed Crysis, judging by what is shown in the video (I didn’t look, I saw only a still image and that was enough). But, on the other hand, progress does not stand still. It’s better to do battle armor than the warp knows drochifony what generation.
    tensile strength of the web is higher than that of steel - Here is a very true person noticed. But this, perhaps, is now known only to a narrow circle of persons crying Such times, alas ...
  26. Dikson
    Dikson 15 July 2016 06: 28
    0
    By the way, I read about a year ago about such developments ... Only there it was written that the inventors managed to "cram" the properties of a spider's thread into .. goat's milk at the genetic level .. That is, they had a mutant goat milked with a web .. ..
  27. Glaaki
    Glaaki 15 July 2016 09: 25
    0
    Quote: dvina71
    Explain why? or a victim of the exam?

    Forward. Come on, a leading specialist in the field of genetics, arachnology, metallurgy, engineering and the design of modern personal protective equipment, explain to me.