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Implantable chip available to keep track of humans

Implantable chips have been approved for use in humans.

These chips can be used to keep track of medical data, and also will be useful for locating people in the event of kidnapping. Wired reports:

The Food and Drug Administration has ruled that an implantable microchip used for ID purposes is not a regulated device, paving the way for the chip's immediate sale in the United States....

They inquired about the use of the product for non-medical, identification purposes," said FDA spokeswoman Sharon Snider. "If it's a non-medical use, the FDA doesn't regulate it."

Because the VeriChip won't be subject to the agency's rigorous safety tests, ADS will be able to launch the product over the next three months.

These devices already help pet-owners recover lost pets, and now are being moved from animals to humans. What do you call receiving the implant? "Getting chipped."

For those seeking a fictional version of the joys and perils of this kind of technology, check out "Final Cut" with Robin Williams.
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