DARPA’s trick to “slow down biological time” to save lives

Mar 13, 2018, 4:33 AM EDT
(Source: Expert Infantry/flickr)
(Source: Expert Infantry/flickr)

A few minutes could be the difference between life and death for injured soldiers on battlefield. America’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working on a “biostatis” program, which would slow down biological processes in the event of life-threatening injuries, giving crucial extra minutes for first medical treatment.

The idea is inspired by a mechanism in frogs and tardigrades, which endure the harshest of weather conditions by completely shutting down their biological processes, writes The Times.

The U.S. agency is optimistic it will be ready with biostatis tools within five years, notes New Atlas.

TAGS: DARPA
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