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RFID chips causing cancer?
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Written by Gizmo   
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 09:49

A recent story by the AP could be cause for concern:

"The articles cited by AP that were reviewed by the cancer experts were studies on lab mice and rats that sometimes developed sarcomas, or malignant tumours, after being implanted with microchips. The sarcomas sometimes encased the implants, said the AP report."

RFID tags use bursts of RF energy to transmit their data.  Although the devices are only active when hit by a 'query' signal, and do not actively transmit data themselves, the devices are embedded in the skin of the subject. [Ed: It was pointed out that the devices do not themselves transmit data, and so this post has been modified from the original post to reflect that fact]

While the evidence is still inconclusive, the patterns being seen are suggestive that something is going on.  Whether that something is due to the radiation from the devices, the material the devices themselves are made from, or some other factor, is yet to be determined.  As the article points out, the studies had poor controls, so it is premature to draw conclusions yet.

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