An Israeli company has developed a vest that can protect a person from dangerous radiation, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Tuesday.
According to Dr. Oren Milstein, President of the hi-tech company StemRad, “This is the first product of its kind that protects against gamma radiation, which has [until now] killed people who have been exposed to it.”
The most famous example of the fatal consequences of exposure to gamma radiation is 1986’s Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident. 28 firefighters who rushed to the fiery scene wound up perishing in the line of duty while saving millions of Europeans from an especially grizzly demise.
The operating principle behind this innovative Israeli development is simple. Nuclear radiation kills the bone marrow throughout the body. However, 50 percent of a human’s bone marrow is concentrated in the waist — and if the radiation is stopped from reaching that part of the body, the rest of the body’s bone marrow remains safe, Channel 2 reported.
According to the Chairman of StemRad, Ronen Melnik, “The vests that we have developed weigh a mere 15 kgs. As such, firefighters will be able to function without a problem. The vest will in no way inhibit a firefighter’s ability to operate his equipment and evacuate the wounded.”
Not surprisingly, behind this revolutionary product are many brilliant minds. Among those involved in the development of the nuclear-proof vest is Professor Michael Levitt, an Israeli who was recently awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. According to Levitt, the invention is already generating interest around the world, with the German army and Russian Atomic Energy Commission already in negotiations to purchase the product, Channel 2 said.
The price of theÂ vest is 7,000 dollars and the plan is to eventually make it available to the general public, Channel 2 reported.