Nature Reviews Immunology 07, 569-574 (July 2007) | doi:10.1038/nri2102

OpinionReal and artificial immune systems: computing the state of the body

Irun R. Cohen1  About the author


Here I present the idea that the immune system uses a computational strategy to carry out its many functions in protecting and maintaining the body. Along the way, I define the concepts of computation, Turing machines and system states. I attempt to show that reframing our view of the immune system in computational terms is worth our while.

Author affiliations

  1. Irun R. Cohen is at the Department of Immunology, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel.