Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Implantable biochips to relay vital health info

Pic: Implantable biochip, about the size of a grain of rice. (Credit: Image courtesy of Clemson University)

The Department of Defense has awarded $1.6 million to the Center for Bioelectronics, Biosensors and Biochips (C3B) at Clemson University for the development of an implantable biochip that could relay vital health information if a soldier is wounded in battle or a civilian is hurt in an accident.
This chip supposedly can measure lactate levels (an indication of bleeding), glucose levels, and vital signs.

Could be a great solution for diabetics to never have to do a fingerstick again, for fearful parents to know when their children are injured, for loved ones with frail elderly, and countless other uses.

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