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Digital Angel's Destron Fearing Unit Providing Bio-Thermo(R) Chips for Swine Vaccine Research

Harrisvaccines Inc. Research Team Takes Advantage of Destron Fearing Bio-Thermo LifeChip(R) Technology

SO. ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb 22, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Digital Angel /quotes/comstock/15*!diga/quotes/nls/diga (DIGA 0.47, 0.00, 0.00%) , an advanced technology company in the field of animal identification and emergency identification solutions, announced today that its Destron Fearing unit has been chosen to provide its Bio-Thermo(R) LifeChips(R) and DTR-4(R) hand-held readers to researchers to aid in the development of vaccines designed to protect swine from two of the industry's most costly diseases, Swine Influenza Virus (SIV) and Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV).

Thanks to a series of grants provided though the Iowa State Board of Regents, the University researchers are working on vaccines in conjunction with Hank Harris, Professor of Animal Science, and his company, Harrisvaccines Inc. (d/b/a Sirrah Bios) at the Iowa State University Research Park. Harrisvaccines Inc. is developing next-generation vaccines that utilize a common platform-based approach to livestock diseases.

Chief Technical Officer for influenza vaccine development at Harrisvaccines Inc., Ryan Vander Veen, added, "In our research studies with pigs, we have been inserting the LifeChips subcutaneously near the base of the ear in order to monitor temperature and look for a febrile response following a disease challenge. We have not noticed any problems with migration of the chips nor have we had any problems with collecting the readings. The LifeChip is a great product, and it has really made temperature collection easier; and I believe that it provides a much more accurate temperature reading without the stress of those collected by rectal thermometer."

Joseph J. Grillo, Chief Executive Officer of Digital Angel, said, "While most of our sales of the new Bio-Thermo LifeChip to date have been into the equine and companion pet markets, we are proud to be a part of this important and innovative effort to protect the swine population from two of its most costly diseases."

About Destron Fearing and Digital Angel

Destron Fearing is a subsidiary of Digital Angel /quotes/comstock/15*!diga/quotes/nls/diga (DIGA 0.47, 0.00, 0.00%) , an advanced technology company in the field of animal identification and emergency identification solutions. Digital Angel's products are utilized around the world in such applications as pet identification, using its patented, FDA-approved implantable microchip; livestock identification and herd management using visual and radio frequency identification (RFID) ear tags; and global positioning systems (GPS) search and rescue beacons for army, navy and air force applications worldwide. For further information please visit and

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