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1. Cells will bead on nanowire like water drops on fishing line.
2. The pierced cell will retain all functionality after bieng threaded onto the wire.
3. There is a mechanism whereby cell fusion could be regulated by intersecting wires, and pushing the cells together via action
potentials along said wires.
4. Cells can, with enough technology, thrive in this sort of "lineland" I propose.
5. Aristocrats would relish the idea of wearing nanoscopic necklases with the most exotic of cells attached.
So, the idea is to string cells onto nanowires. The wires would be hollow, with sustenance on the inside, and heated, to keep the cells alive. The feed would be slowly leached through the chemical gradients between wire and cellular matrix. The heat would come from tiny nanobot motors inside the wire. The wires would be threaded together creating a barely visible cellular necklace equipped with all sorts of GM stuff, for shiny necklaces, ones that flash, ones that turn green when you get near a landmine, etc. Different cells could be strung on, to convey all sorts of information, perhaps.
Some handsome forams
The wire would need to be in a water filled tube. I suspect this would be the case with any sort of cell, not just forams. Plus this would keep gravity from cutting the cells in half on the wire. [bungston, May 24 2005]
||My favorite assumption is number 5.
||Why all this when a simple string of pearls is so acceptable?
||These would need to be big cells. I propose foraminiferans. Plus they are fierce, doughty little cells.