How 'Hacking' Nerves May Stop Disease

Researchers at Galvani Bioelectronics, backed by GlaxoSmithKline and Verily (formerly Google, Life Sciences), are hoping to develop a way to control human nerve cells using electricity.

In animal experiments, they have been able to control messages transmitted by a nerve—a technique that may help regulate blood sugar and insulin levels. According to researchers, "The neural signatures in the nerve increase in type 2-diabetes. By blocking those neural signals in diabetic rats, you see the sensitivity of the body to insulin is restored."

"Bioelectronic medicine" is a new area of study. This research is in its early stages and it will take a lot of work to investigate the theory further, test it, and—if it works—develop the technology.

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Sourced from: BBC, 'Hacking nerves can control disease'