Re: Cyborg cells
Tue, 1 Jun 1999 00:40:59 EDT

In a message dated 5/31/99 9:12:17, wrote:

>Yes, but bio-inspired nanodevices would be right at home. It is wet,
>sloppy and random, but has a good infrastructure. The only problem
>might be that protein-based nanodevices could produce a HLA signal to
>the immune system.

An intracellular nanodevice would be partly protected from this. Intracellular parasites other than viruses produce weak immune responses as their foreign protein mostly remain inside themselves and are less likely to make it to the surface of the cell. Hence, partly, the stubborness of malaria, leprosy, and tuberculosis.

You could put some of the nanodevices into the immune clonal deletor cells to induce tolerace, although I don't know how long that would take.