27 Oct '15, 5am

DARPA Wants to Jolt the Nervous System with Electricity, Lasers, Sound Waves, and Magnets #nanobots

Viewing the body as a chemical system and treating maladies with pharmaceuticals is so 20th century. In 21st century medicine, doctors may consider the body as an electrical system instead, and prescribe therapies that alter the electrical pulses that run through the nerves. That’s the premise of DARPA’s newest biomedical program , anyway. The ElectRx program aims to treat disease by modulating the activity of the peripheral nerves that carry commands to all the organs and muscles of the human body, and also convey sensory information back to the brain. Yesterday, DARPA announced the first seven grants under the ElectRx program. The scientists chosen are doing fairly fundamental research, because we’re still in the early days of electric medicine; they’ll investigate mechanisms by which to stimulate the nerves, and map nerve pathways that respond to that stimulation. They’...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/biomedical/bionics/dar...

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spectrum.ieee.org 30 Oct '15, 5pm

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