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Implant to give humans self-healing powers

By T.K. Randall
September 19, 2014 · Comment icon 11 comments

The device could help soldiers deal with injuries on the battlefield. Image Credit: Richard Bumgardner
A new device developed by the Pentagon could give humans the ability to heal more rapidly.
A common trait among comic book superheroes is the ability to heal even the most grievous of wounds incredibly quickly, something that would seem to be completely impossible in real life.

A new military-sponsored research project however may be set to change all that through the development of a remarkable new device that can be implanted in to the body where it can both monitor and heal damage to internal organs.
"The technology DARPA plans to develop through the ElectRx program could fundamentally change the manner in which doctors diagnose, monitor and treat injury and illness," said Doug Weber of DARPA's biological technologies office.

The concept is based on the process known as neuromodulation which sees the body's nervous system monitor internal organs and regulate the response to infection and disease. Sometimes when a person is injured this process can be thrown off, exacerbating their condition.

The new device would work by intervening in such an instance so that neuromodulation can be kept under control and the healing process can proceed as rapidly and efficiently as possible.

Source: Live Science | Comments (11)

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Comment icon #2 Posted by taniwha 10 years ago
Let me guess, they implant them into your right hand? or your forehead?
Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin 10 years ago
I realize it's still in a stage of evaluation, but after reading the article I had no idea of the bioscience behind it. Actually quite amazing.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Shayde 10 years ago
Right.... On one hand, this sounds very interesting, a breakthrough and no mistake in medicine. On the other hand... If somebody went to the US Department of Defence and offered them some magic beans, would they also get interest from the head sheds? Also, all I can see is an image of a squad getting hurt, and with an arch of the back of each trooper, they are suddenly shooting out flashes of gold energy and then have a tendancy to ditch their unfiorms and go for either long scarves, tweed coats, cloaks and have a fixation for jelly babies...
Comment icon #5 Posted by YukiEsmaElite0 10 years ago
Will this only be for the military personnel, or would civilians be able to use it, too...?
Comment icon #6 Posted by spartan max2 10 years ago
yeahhhh super soldiers lets do this!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Mac E 10 years ago
Can I get an adamantium skeleton too?
Comment icon #8 Posted by GreenmansGod 10 years ago
Will this only be for the military personnel, or would civilians be able to use it, too...? If you have enough cash. Usually this stuff comes on the market and it cost such big $$$$ only the very rich have access to it.
Comment icon #9 Posted by gatekeeper32 10 years ago
I'm the best there is at what I do but what I do best isn't very nice. I'm the Wolverine
Comment icon #10 Posted by ZOD 10 years ago
ElectRx? Weapon X was RIGHT THERE TO USE... c'mon government, get your **** together
Comment icon #11 Posted by aquatus1 10 years ago
What happens when they decided to switch these to "Exterminate!"? The doctors look at each other awkwardly and respond: "Sorry sir, but the devices are surgically implanted and hard-wired to maintain homeostasis regardless of environmental cues. It's kind of...what they do."

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