British scientists have created a unique microchip that delivers a deceptive signal decreased appetite brain. The developers hope that the device will be effective and safe alternative to bariatric surgery.
"Smart" chip, designed by experts at Imperial College London, is capable of when introducing into the human body to suppress your appetite, and can serve as a means for the treatment and prevention of obesity, according to the Air Force News Agency.
The principle of operation of the chip will be based on its connection to the motor nerve, which among other functions responsible for the regulation of appetite. In the near future, is expected to begin the first test on animals, and if successful the device for three years to try out in public. According to the developers, the device will differ even more effective than surgical operations carried out in order to reduce weight.
A microchip the size of a few millimeters, reading nerve impulses will send spoofed signal of saturation brain. The European Research Council to test and improve the microchip recently allocated more than EUR 7 million. Something similar had already been created by scientists to alleviate the condition of patients suffering from epilepsy. It should be noted that the principle of this device is similar.
"The new development will allow us to effectively simulate the nerve signals that control appetite. Complete suppression of hunger while the person is not threatened - it will just eat less food and do it slowly, "- said Chris Tumazou, author of the study and a professor at Imperial College London.
Initial laboratory tests, as emphasized Tumazou can be considered encouraging. Meanwhile, when using the device no side effects occur.