A British scientist has become the first person to be infected with a computer virus.

Dr Mark Gasson from the University of Reading has a sophisticated version of an ID chip, used to tag pets, inserted into his hand, which allows him to pass through security doors and activate his mobile phone.

In trials, Dr Gasson showed that the chip was able to pass on a computer virus to external control systems.

According to researchers, the chips have the potential to be used in pacemakers and cochlear implants as they become more sophisticated, but the risk of being contaminated by other human implants through viruses is real.

Dr Mark Gasson said this type of technology has benefits along with the risks associated.

“This type of technology has been commercialised in the US as a type of medical alert bracelet, so that if you’re found unconscious you can be scanned and your medical history brought up,” Gasson said.