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Million Days Lost to Diarrhea Spur Military’s Cure Search

The elite Pentagon research unit that helped create the Internet and stealth fighter jets is now taking on diarrhea.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is dedicated to maintaining the U.S. military’s technology edge, wants to develop a commercially viable medicine that delivers quick, temporary protection for soldiers from a variety of diseases such as the flu, diarrhea and malaria.