By Mia De Graaf Health Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 22:29 BST, 13 August 2019 | Updated: 22:29 BST, 13 August 2019
Scientists have devised a brain implant that they hope could switch off the urge to over-eat.
And they want to test it on obese people struggling to curb that compulsion.
The team at Stanford University has demonstrated that obese, binge-eating mice ate 60 percent less fatty food after being implanted with the responsive neurostimulation system (RNS) - which was first developed to treat epilepsy.
The device targets the nucleus accumbens brain region, which controls the survivalist urges for food and sex.
Lead author Casey Halpern, MD, is quite confident that this technique holds huge potential for controlling humans' worst instincts - be it a danger to ourselves (binge-eating) or to other (sexual predation).