writes: DARPA is sinking some cash into the buzzy new research field of "electroceuticals
," which involves stimulating nerves to control the activity of organs or bodily systems. The newest techniques have little in common with electroshock therapy
, which sends a strong current broadly through the brain tissue; today's cutting-edge methods can target individual neurons, and turn them "on" and "off" with great precision. Under DARPA's new ElectRx
program, seven research teams will explore different ways
to modulate activity of the peripheral nervous system. Some will stimulate neurons directly with electricity, while others will take more roundabout routes involving light, acoustics, and magnetic fields.