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The article explores the history and implications of VeriChip, the first FDA-approved RFID implant for human identification. Initially inspired by the 9/11 responders marking badge numbers, Dr. Richard Seeling implanted a pet RFID microchip in his arm, leading to the development of VeriChip. FDA approval in 2004 allowed its use in medical applications, providing identity and medical information for unconscious patients. Beyond medical use, the chip was implemented in a Barcelona club's VIP program, tracking entry and bar tabs. Despite initial interest, VeriChip faced challenges, changing ownership and eventually ceasing operations. The article raises ethical concerns about selling implants with limited functionality post-program termination, questions about long-term physical and mental impacts, and the potential for future consumer-grade FDA-approved RFID identification solutions in biohacking.