Wednesday, 12 September 2007

RFID implants under the skin may cause cancer

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See those little blips on the picture to the right -- the ones between the thumb and index finger? Those are RFID (radio frequency identification) chips, some of which are being used as implants into humans for several kinds of tracking purposes.

If you have one, though, watch out -- those chips may cause skin cancer according to some reports this week that cited medical studies stating as much.

RFID was to become the savior of having full medical records available in many patients by a simple read of the chip using a wireless radio scanner, as those tiny chips contain a vast amount of data for their size. But then, a growing amount of tumors were found in mice which had been implanted with RFID chips. Would you trust one, regardless of the personal security implications?

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