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"The world is really so surreal these days that it's necessary for us to blunt it somehow in order to stay sane. The artist functions to short-circuit the buffering mechanism, so that people can occasionally perceive the weirdness of things as they are."
- William Gibson

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

MABs - Medically applicable Biochips - were to be the first practical product of the biochip revolution, the incorporation of protein molecular circuitry with silicon electronics. Biochips had been an area of speculation in the literature for years, but Genetron hoped to have the first working samples available for FDA testing and approval within three months.
From Blood Music, by Greg Bear.
Published by Arbor House in 1984
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Biochips are in use today, but they are not being used for computing. A biochip is a collection of miniaturized test sites arranged on a silicon wafer that allows many tests to be performed at the same time in order to achieve higher throughput and speed. A biochip's surface area is about the size of your fingernail. A biochip can perform thousands of biological reactions, such as decoding genes, in a few seconds.

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