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Company developing under-the-skin devices to detect ‘bio-threats’
A Florida-based company that boasts selling the world’s first and only federally approved radio microchip for implanting in humans is now turning 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.
But VeriChip has also turned its attention to other uses for the technology, including microchips that be used to tag and log human remains after a disaster and implants the company hopes will be able to warn if their host is infected with the H1N1 swine , the H5N1 or other pandemic agents deemed to be a “bio-threat.”
VeriChip is working with a Minnesota company, Receptors LLC, to develop the virus-detection technology.
“As we continue to build on our partnership with Receptors, which started with the development of a glucose-sensing RFID implantable microchip, we are moving beyond patient identification to sensors that can detect and identify illnesses and viruses such as influenza,” said Scott R. Silverman, chairman of VeriChip, in a statement. “This is an exciting next step for the future of our healthcare division.” :::MORE HERE:::
Local animal owners no longer required to chip their pets
SAN MARCOS – The City Council of San Marcos, Texas, unanimously voted last week to rescind a mandatory pet microchipping ordinance that would have required all pets within city limits to receive an injected implant. The 7 to 0 vote was made at the City Council meeting on March 31, 2009. All members were present and voted, including Mayor Susan Clifford-Narvaiz, according to San Marcos Communications Director Melissa Millecam.
The chipping ordinance was originally adopted last December and was slated to take effect on April 1st. The measure had sparked months of heated opposition and repeated demonstrations by local residents, including a protest and candlelight vigil at the March 3rd City Council meeting that drew a crowd of over 300 people.
“We applaud the San Marcos City Council for this decision,” said local activist Lisa Marie Coppoletta, who helped organize the March 3rd rally. “Chipping should be a voluntary decision between pet owners and their veterinarians. It should never be mandated by the government.”
ACCORDING TO SAN MARCOS CETI :
Melissa Millecam, the public press contact for City of San Marcos, said today there was NO formal action to stop animal chipping, only discussion.
The City Council will hold another meeting to address the issue again March 31, 2009. The changes to city ordinance are expected to overturn mandated pet chipping to voluntary or delay implementation of microchipping until April 1, 2009. The City Council is sending this issue back to the Animal Services Advisory Board to discuss the issue again and report back.
City Hall plans to notify the public when they will hold the next public hearings on animal chipping. Melissa also stated the public/citizen voices were heard loud and clear. She mentioned that a lot of people spoke at the meeting and voiced their opinions contributing to an ongoing dialogue with the Mayor, council members and staff.
More From Dr. Albrecht on the issue here:
San Marcos, TX – Last night Mayor Susan Nervais made good on a promise to overturn the mandatory pet chipping city ordinance in San Marcos. After several meetings with CETI, an anti-animal chipping group based in Central Texas, Nervais was joined in support of her decision to overturn by two other councilmembers during last nights City Council meeting.
Lisa Cappoletta of CETI, after organizing a potent coalition of anti-RFID groups in the area, turned up at the meeting to Collect on Delivery of Mayor Nervais’ promise. Approximately 100 protestors equipped with colorful signs, sang songs, chanted and cheered in favor of the decision. San Marcos struggle with the chipping mandate recruited efforts of National consumer privacy expert, Katherine Albrecht from Boston, MA.
“All we are sayyying, are give [pet] tags a chaaance…” – Daniel Cioper, protest minstrel of Castro’s Beard, Austin
To Lisa Cappoletta, Judith McGeary, Ms. Albrecht and the workers against the animal RFID experiments on the taxpayer’s dime, we here at BeatTheChip solute you.
THIS WEEK ON WAKING UP ORWELL :
“The emotionally charged matter of mandatory microchip registration for pet dogs and cats in San Marcos reached another boiling point Saturday afternoon at City Hall, where city staff gave its last of three information sessions about a new animal control ordinance.
Outside City Hall, a group calling itself “Citizens for Ear Tatooing Identification” (CETI) protested before the meeting.
Inside City Hall, CETI members and others pelted city staff with numerous complaints in the form of questions, touching on such worries as the new ordinance’s enforceability, over-reaching government, the risk of cancer from microchipping, religious objections, and the city’s dismissal of tatooing as an alternative.” – Andy Sevilla, associate editor
Judith McGeary is an attorney in Austin, Texas. She has a B.S. in Biology from Stanford University and a J.D. with high honors from The University of Texas at Austin. She began her legal career by clerking for the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Since then, her practice has focused on environmental law, commercial litigation, and appeals. She and her husband also run a small organic farm, with horses, cow, sheep, and poultry, based on the principles of holistic resource management.