Episode Two: Our Skin, Our Armour
It may be our last line of defence, but our skin can also leave us pretty vulnerable. Take it from the head nurse of a burn unit, a Tanzanian with albinism, and someone who makes bulletproof skin. They (and others) help answer the question, just how tough is our skin, really?
"If you create bullet proof skin, somebody will create a better weapon, a better bullet."
- Jalila Essaïdi, director of BioArt Laboratories
This episode airs on Monday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, July 9 at 9:30 a.m. on CBC Radio One.
Guests in order of appearance:
Axe-thrower Megan Rideout (click here to see her sweary tattoo.)
Marc Meyers, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science at UC San Diego, and co-author of "On the Tear Resistance of Skin"
Captain Mollie Christiansen, head nurse of the Burn Progressive Care Unit at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
Writer Carly Findlay
Writer Emily Urquhart
Activist Josephat Torner
Jalila Essaïdi, director of BioArt Laboratories
Illustration by Ben Shannon