Immunology Viewed as the Study of an Autonomous Decentralized System

  • A.S Lee
  • Ruth Lev Bar-Or


Arguments are given for the tenet that although the immune system has no long term goals, it does have short term goals - which are often contradictory. Simple Models illustrate how feedbacks can (i) harmonize conflicting goals,(ii) improve the performance of a given type of effector cell, (iii) cause the preferential amplification of more potent effectors. It is shown that spatial organization can allow non-specific chemical signals to select specific immune elements that contribute to system goals. Comparison is maEn with other autonomous Encentralized systems.


Immune System Secretion Rate Damage Rate Artificial Immune System Credit Assignment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A.S Lee
    • 1
  • Ruth Lev Bar-Or
    • 2
  1. 1.Enpartment of Applied Mathematics and Computer SciencThe Weizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael
  2. 2.Enpartment of Applied Mathematics and Computer SciencThe Weizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael

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