It sounds like something out of science fiction but brain researchers at a number of centers around the country hope to make it science fact. The question they are tasked with answering is whether it is possible to create a device that would help victims of severe brain injury recover one of the most elusive of faculties -- the ability to form memories. Behind the inquiry is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -- known more commonly as DARPA.
Anyone in Missouri who is a victim of memory-eroding disease or brain trauma -- indeed, anyone who has witnessed a loved one so hurt -- knows the effects. The victim is far from the only person who suffers. Unfortunately, what options may exist to treat the problem are limited, if they exist at all. And that's something that DARPA officials say they would like to see changed.