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A company called MicroCHIPS Inc. recently completed a year-long trial of an implantable microchip designed to release pharmaceutical drugs. These microchips contain small wells filled with the drug. On a programmed schedule or by a doctor's signal, an electrical current opens a well, releasing the drug directly into the bloodstream.

This trial was used to test whether these microchips could replace daily injections for ailments such as osteoporosis. The microchips eliminate the frequent problems of such treatments: patients forgetting or skipping their injections. If this technology becomes sufficiently advanced, one could imagine a future when "artificial organs" are implanted to release insulin, provide anti-rejection drugs, or administer the anti-viral cocktail necessary to slow down HIV progression.

Would you feel comfortable with an electronic device taking the responsibility of administering your medicine?

Image: MicroCHIPS Inc.

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