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VeriChip

A tiny, glass-encased RFID chip from PositiveID Corporation, Delray Beach, FL (www.positiveidcorp.com) that is injected with a special syringe under a person's skin in an outpatient procedure. When scanned, the unique ID number in the RFID chip is used to link to an identification database for security purposes or for medical information. In 2004, the VeriChip was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Very Controversial
A counterpart HomeAgain chip from the company was also used for animals, but studies showed that some of them developed cancer around the implant. In addition, citing biblical Scripture (Revelation 13:16-18), people voiced extreme opposition to "chipping" humans.

What Happened?
Originally developed by a division of Digital Angel Corporation, the company merged with PositiveID Corporation in 2010. In 2011, VeriChip was sold to VeriTeQ Acquisition, owned by PositiveID's CEO, who had recently stepped down. In 2012, VeriTeQ merged with Connectyx Technologies, which offers the MedFlash health records system. MedFlash uses ID cards with QR codes and USB drives for identification, and RFID implants are not mentioned on the Connectyx website. See RFID and microchip implant.



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