posted on Feb, 3 2012 @ 12:21 PM
In a new call for research, Darpa is asking for proposals to devise prototype implantable biosensors. Once inserted under a soldier’s skin, Darpa
wants the sensors to provide real-time, accurate measurements of “DoD-relevant biomarkers” including stress hormones, like cortisol, and compounds
that signal inflammation, like histamine.
Far out as the idea sounds, scientists have already made impressive strides toward implantable biosensors. A team at Clemson University, with Pentagon
funding, has devised a sensor that can be implanted for short periods to monitor the well being of injured patients. Another group, at Tufts
University, is making biosensors out of silk, which they think will be easier to introduce into bodily tissues. Some companies are even getting into
niche implants, most notably those to monitor glucose levels among diabetics.