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Injectable chip that detects alcohol use

US engineers have developed a tiny biochip that can be injected into the body to monitor alcohol levels over a prolonged period, with the aim of supporting patients in substance abuse programmes.

Developed by a team at the San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, the chip can be implanted just under the surface of the skin and is powered wirelessly by a wearable device, such as a smartwatch or patch.

“The ultimate goal of this work is to develop a routine, unobtrusive alcohol and drug monitoring device for patients in substance abuse treatment programs,” said Drew Hall, an electrical engineering professor at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering who led the project.

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