When we think about taking medicines, we imagine popping a pill, or perhaps receiving a shot or IV.
Those methods target the chemical pathways of our bodies. But a new approach to medicine would instead leverage the electrical signals that govern many of our bodies' functions.
"The concept is to use neural technology to communicate directly with those nerve pathways that go to your heart, go to your spleen, go to your other internal organs, and use the neural interface to monitor what's going on, assess health status and then intervene to make changes to organ system functions to restore health," said Doug Weber. He's a program manager in the biological technologies office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, which is helping fund the work.