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An injectable bio chip has been created that can monitor alcohol levels in blood.

A new injectable bio chip has been created that can monitor blood alcohol levels in real time. The tiny injectable sensor can be implanted just under the surface of the skin and will link with a smart watch. The aim is to help substance abuse patients during treatment and the chip has been developed by engineers at the San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.

The chip reacts with alcohol releasing chemicals that can be measured by the chip. It will receive power from a smart watch and pass data to it.

A provisional patent on the technology has already been filed and testing has been done on pig skin, but trials with live animals are planned for the future.