The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is attempting to solve issues encountered by deployed soldiers such as diarrhea from unsanitary food and water and jet lag using an implantable or ingestible bioelectronic carrier.

The Advanced Acclimation and Protection Tool for Environmental Readiness (ADAPTER) program seeks to entrain soldiers’ sleep cycles impacted either by time zones (jet lag) or night missions through a so-called travel adapter device. Likewise, the program also aims to destroy the bacteria responsible for diarrhea following consumption of contaminated food or water while deployed in remote or unsanitary conditions.

By offering soldiers a means for controlling their physiology through the ADAPTER device, DARPA hopes to improve the health and mobility of soldiers.

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