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Scientists have already created mini-cyborgs out of living cells and semiconductor materials, but now biological cells can also contain tiny silicon chips. Those silicon chips could become future intracellular sensors that monitor microscopic activities, deliver drugs to target cells or even repair cell structures, according to Nanowerk.

Experiments found that living human cells can ingest or receive injections of silicon chips and continue functioning as usual for the most part. More than 90 percent of chip-containing HeLa cells -- the first immortal human cell line derived from a poor, cancer-stricken woman â€" still survived a week after receiving their silicon loads.

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I know, it made me think uncomfortable thoughts about robots.
 

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Hm.. Cool!
 

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I might as well post in this thread before we get posts talking about "Skynet, Government monitoring, conspiracies theories."
 

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I might as well post in this thread before we get posts talking about "Skynet, Government monitoring, conspiracies theories."
You forgot one.

 

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I'd hate to find out which 10% of my cells wouldn't survive...

OT: Cool, but what happens to the chip when the cell dies?
Your liver starts to turn into a lump of silicon as it accumulates the chips, and McCoy tells Kirk that he's a doctor, not a bricklayer.
 

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Your liver starts to turn into a lump of silicon as it accumulates the chips, and McCoy tells Kirk that he's a doctor, not a bricklayer.
so much win!

HeLa cells are pretty much immortal, so I wonder what consequences this would have on normal cells? Looks like a good step towards nanites/nanobots nonetheless.
 

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^Well, immortal cell line, not individually immortal. The cells never go into senescence.
 

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so much win!

HeLa cells are pretty much immortal, so I wonder what consequences this would have on normal cells? Looks like a good step towards nanites/nanobots nonetheless.

It's a cell line that still has it's telomerase active amongst other mutations to allow it to divide forever. Our 'normal' cells cannot do this and can only divide ~50 times before the cell line dies off as your DNA gets shorter with every replication of your DNA.
 

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the concept behind Johnny Mnemonic seems to becoming more of a realisation to occur within our own lifetimes... and here is just one more stepping stone towards cyborgs.
 

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Screw cyborgs. This isn't cells mixed with machinery anymore. This is your cells ARE machinery. This is the next step towards the Steam Demons in the Doom novels. They actually GROW the giant guns out of their arms. How awesome would it be to have a body with a gun that could grow ammo? It is like having your own little "idkfa".
 

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These cells still aren't going to get us to live longer than 120 years.... Says so in the bible and it's been shown (with 114-117 being the oldest women in Geniss Book of World Records)....
 

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