SURF  |   November 2016
Bulletproof Silk: Observations of Dr George E. Goodfellow, the Gunfighter’s Surgeon
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  • From the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee. 
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Emergency Medicine / Evidence-Based Medicine / Preventive Medicine / Urological Disorders
SURF   |   November 2016
Bulletproof Silk: Observations of Dr George E. Goodfellow, the Gunfighter’s Surgeon
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, November 2016, Vol. 116, e97-e98. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.147
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, November 2016, Vol. 116, e97-e98. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.147
In July 2016, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, a leading developer of silk-based fibers, was awarded a contract from the US Department of Defense to develop protective apparel for the US Army. Ballistic shoot packs will be constructed from proprietary, genetically engineered spider silk produced by domesticated silkworms.1 Natural spider silk fibers have tensile strength near to that of Kevlar (DuPont), but with less weight and more flexibility, so the prospect of genetically engineered silks as potential ballistic protection is highly anticipated.2 Surprisingly, the potential for silk use as ballistic body armor was first documented in the 1880s. 
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