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internalnet

An internalnet is a network that transmits information between computing devices located inside (and perhaps on) a living body. The internalnet can be thought of as an extremely localized local area network ( LAN ), which may or may not be connected to external devices and/or networks.

As computer science and nanotechnology advance, the possibility of functional nanomedicine (the use of molecular-level devices for medical purposes, such as repair of tissue damage, or immune system support) applications becomes increasingly realistic. An internalnet might connect devices such as nanochondria ( nanomachine s within cells, either working with the cells' biochemistry or assembling physical structures), bionic implants, and wearable computer s, for example, managing the flow of data among the devices.

This was last updated in September 2005

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