The Immune System as an Information System

  • Yoshiteru Ishida
Part of the Advanced Information Processing book series (AIP)


Chapter 3 presents a brief outline of the immune system focusing on its nature as an information system to bridge the gap between the immune system and the concept of immunity-based systems presented in Chap. 4. We focus on two theories: the network theory proposed by Jerne, and the clonal selection theory extended by Burnet, which will provide the backbone for immunity-based systems. From this somewhat biased perspective, the immune system will be characterized as:
  • a self-defining system that creates, organizes, and maintains the identity of the self

  • an adaptive system that implements an adaptive mechanism based on “selection” to realize the above self-defining system


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshiteru Ishida
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  1. 1.Department of Knowledge-Based Information EngineeringToyohashi University of TechnologyTempaku, ToyohashiJapan

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