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    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009

    Next step in H1N1 scare: Microchip implants
    Company developing under-the-skin devices to detect 'bio-threats'

    August 22, 2009
    By Drew Zahn

    A Florida-based company that boasts selling the world's first and only federally approved radio microchip for implanting in humans is now turning its development branch toward "emergency preparedness," hoping to produce an implant that can automatically detect in its host's bloodstream the presence of swine flu or other viruses deemed a "bio-threat."

    VeriChip Corporation currently sells a small, under-the-skin Radio Frequency Identification capsule, or RFID, that patients can opt to have implanted, containing a number computer-linked to their medical records, enabling doctors with a special reader to access the information even if the patient is unconscious or unidentified. The company boasts its microchip, roughly the size of a grain of rice, is the only such implant approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009
    And now come the "the government will use them to monitor us!" scares....
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009

    Betcha $10 that fundies claim it has "666" on it somewhere...
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    Betcha $10 that fundies claim it has "666" on it somewhere...

    That’s the Amish, although one could argue that some Amish are fundies. The 666 fundies are more literal—they fear social security numbers, credit card numbers, etc.
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    I can hear every nutcase on the internet screaming 'ORWELLIAN' already.
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009
    It's just an RFID; being able to detect a virus is vaporware.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009
    Glenn Beck's swine flu vaccination special apparently had a RFID chip conspiracy guy on.

    You know, for balance.