The members of the Jacobs family don't consider themselves unusual. In fact, up until earlier this year, they considered themselves average, as did their neighbors in Florida. That changed last May when, at the urging of their 14-year-old son Derek, they became the first family to all have the grain-size VeriChip implanted in their right arm. Derek's idea was that the VeriChip, which was developed by Palm Beach, Fla.-based Applied Digital Solutions and keeps track of a user's important personal information, might someday save the life of his father, Jeffrey, who survived cancer, a car crash and spinal injuries. Jeffrey's chip tracks his medical history, just in case something else happens; Derek and his mother, Leslie, chipped themselves simply because they wanted to.
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