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DARPA Has a Crazy Plan to Slow Down Biological Time in Soldiers | Science Alert

DARPA Has a Crazy Plan to Slow Down Biological Time in Soldiers | Science Alert

The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking at ways to change how the human body manages time in order to improve wounded soldiers’ chances of survival and recovery.

DARPA has set up the Biostasis program to use molecular biology as a way to evaluate and possibly alter the speed at which living systems operate with the goal of extending the window of time between a damaging event and the collapse of those systems.

Such an extension would expand the “golden hour” – the period of time between injury or infection and the first treatment that is regarded as one of the most important factors in saving a life on the battlefield.

“At the molecular level, life is a set of continuous biochemical reactions, and a defining characteristic of these reactions is that they need a catalyst to occur at all,” Tristan McClure-Begley, the Biostasis program manager, said in a DARPA release.

Source: DARPA Has a Crazy Plan to Slow Down Biological Time in Soldiers | Science Alert