Reengineering the Human Body

hip, MicroCHIPS, osteoporosis
Illustration by Jonathon Rosen
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The Hips

Most effective osteoporosis treatments require daily hormone injections. MicroCHIPS of Bedford, Massachusetts, has created an implantable device that can deliver a drug dosage once a day, without fail, and can store as much as a year's worth of treatment in its reservoirs. The company, funded by a consortium of venture funds, hopes to build tiny "rescue" devices into its product that could sense low glucose levels in diabetics and even alert medical personnel to dangerously low levels of blood sugar.