Mondex's New Pussy Cat
Company developing under-the-skin devices to detect bio-threats
VeriChip microchip implant about the size of a grain of rice
VeriChip is working with a Minnesota company, Receptors LLC, to develop the virus-detection technology.
VeriChip in Florida boasts selling the worlds 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 the presence of swine flu or other
viruses in the bloodstream.
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.
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 flu virus, the H5N1 bird flu virus or other pandemic agents deemed to be a bio-threat.