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September 09, 2007

Cancer specialists consulted about RFID tumor risk

“There’s no way in the world, having read this information, that I would have one of those chips implanted in my skin, or in one of my family members,” said Dr. Robert Benezra, head of the Cancer Biology Genetics Program at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Dr. George Demetri, director of the Center for Sarcoma and Bone Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, agreed that there was cause for concern.

Dr. Oded Foreman, a forensic pathologist at the Jackson Laboratory in Maine, and an authority in mouse genetics research and the initiation of cancer, said after reviewing the animal studies, there "might be a hint something real is happening here."

A veterinary pathologist and oncology specialist also expressed the consensus view that more research needed to be done both on dogs and non-human primates, perhaps lasting for as long as for 20 years.

Meanwhile, the animal study findings should be disclosed to anyone considering a chip implant, the cancer specialists agreed.

The raises the question of why the initial studies were not released to those choosing to have a chip implanted.

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