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P2P virtual cells

P2P computing emulating the behaviour of individual cell's biochemistry
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Linked to a supercomputer as a server for cell interaction. Distributed to public for peer computing. A cell to one computer.

Generally cells are complex with mitochondria etc. and the model I am proposing is an exploration almost to the molecular level.

whatthe, Aug 13 2004


       Yes, interesting idea, but why health: general?   

       This may yeild more interesting results in computer:AI - or something.   

       The super-computer is going to have to be something, to deal with millions (billions?) of cells simultaneously.   

       If you set the architecture up correctly, you may be able to do without the super-computer. You just need to code the 'real-world' type stuff into the way that cells communicate with one another. For example, hormones, which are produced by the cells in certain glands, alter the behaviour of various cells, they are carried through the body via the bloodstream, the bloodstream is a network of specialised cells making up the various veins/arteries etc - If the cells that created the hormone transmitted to their 'neighbors' the fact that it was present nearby, they could act accordingly - The bloodstream cells could transmit to their neighbours the presense of a hormone, those cells react and transmit etc. All this *could* potentially be done purely P2P, however, it would be a mean feat, though less mean than trying to get a supercomputer to do all the hard work.
zen_tom, Aug 13 2004

       The most amazing thing is that each cell 'knows' it's exact place in the organisation, and it's survival depends on the co-ordinated function of all the cells.
To me, considering the number of cells, it's quite simply mind boggling in complexity and subtlety.
Ling, Aug 13 2004


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