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Human cells attacked during assimilation

Microcircuit fiber is cybernetic technology used by the Borg during the assimilation process which rewrites the DNA of the host's cells. When a Borg drone is separated from the Collective, the DNA immediately begins to return to normal, as do the individual's vital signs. (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II")

While the term "microcircuit fiber implants" is vague at best, the implication in "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II" is that they in some way mutate Human cells, much the way cancer is the mutation of cells. It is therefore difficult to understand how such cells could spontaneous return to normal with just the deactivation (or even removal) of such implants. It is likely, though, that such technology was the producers' attempt at providing an explanation for the assimilation process, later attributed to nanoprobes – devices which merely alter the individual's blood cells which could believably return to normal upon the removal of Borg technology.

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