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Scientists Across The Nation, Including In Utah, Are Working On An Implant To Prevent Jet Lag

Researchers at the University of Utah are a part of a national team of scientists working on an implant that’s expected to cut the time it takes to recover from jet lag in half, according to a report from FOX 13.Professor Florian Solzbacher, the Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Utah, said the small implant will “release peptides to change someone’s circadian rhythm while at the same time being able to monitor the state of the patient.”


If the implant is proven to work effectively, it will be initially used by military personnel who often travel across multiple time zones and first responders who have both overnight and daytime shifts.


Utah scientists are in the beginning stages of their work, testing out components of the device to see how they’ll age over time, where they could fail and how long they could last in the human body before needing a replacement.

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