Blood Music by Greg Bear:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

A marvelous novel, expanded from the short story of the same name. Vergil Ulam is a frustrated biologist and geneticist working on biological computers - in a word, smart viruses and bacteria. When he is kicked out of his lab for working with recombinant DNA, he decides to take some of his work home. A classic cautionary tale about fooling with Mother Nature. Select an invention:

Biologics - organic computing
A computer that is made of organic (biological) components, rather than inorganic materials like silicon.

Intellectual Cell - cellular computing
A smart lymphocyte; a cell with enhanced capacity for memory, understanding and communication.

Medically Applicable Biochip - a microarray
A computer formed of organic components that is used for a medical purpose.

 

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