Short: Military Cloning Initiative (Part 19)

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NMSC-1-7f-7d “MTALRES-188-34-11-C LOG”

RE: Group failures
To: MTALRES-188-34-11-C.CHALSER.A

Althea,

I don’t know if you heard the news yet. It’s about groups five and six.

Kad paged me down to the labs in section seven last night at 0230 because he had been dealing with an alarm in the gestators.

By the time I got to the lab, group five embryos had been confirmed as having ceased metabolism. All but one of group six was in the same condition.

I know you have been dealing with the first four groups as your expertise is in Novian genetics and not hybridization but when you get back to main hub, you are going to have to make a staff announcement.

Please read SRC 7-2-8a and MTALRES-14-3.

As ethics head, I am going to be holding us to these rules regarding the surviving group six specimen.

Althea, on a personal note, I have to confess, I am very upset right now. I am upset that we even tried doing this at all. I don’t know how it can be right that we are creating life like this, throwing darts at a board is what it feels like this was, and for what?

This poor thing is going to wake up into the world with a short timer ticking down from day one. Once she is off the gestator, I have no idea how long she will last, or if she will even make it. Kad said she would suffer from several degenerative neural disorders if she even survived to be born. This was the fist time I’ve ever seen the man cry, the very same person I almost had to censure a couple months ago.

After what happened at delta and what those people are going through and now this, I am questioning the ethical validity of the mission of MTALRES at all.

I want to talk to TOCO about this ASAP. They need to make the call. I cannot remain objective about this in my current state. As for us, I think if we all read the above mentioned material, there is no real question as to our obligations.

Dr. Marth Fendi
MTALRES-188-34-11-C Ethics Head:
@MTALRES-188-34-11-C.FENDI.M

Short: Military Cloning Initiative (Part 18)

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NMSC-1-7f-7d “MTALRES-188-34-11-C LOG”

RE: MTALRES Restructure
To: MTALRES-188-34-11-C.Staff

Staff,

After some presentations by Team 3 and some meetings with the senior staff, we have decided to move forward with the hybridization project. This means we will be commencing the cloning of viable Novian genetic combinations and also genetic hybrids.

The Novian genetic combinations will serve as our primary phase group, while the hybrids will serve as the secondary phase group. The control group will be unmodified genetic sets from randomly selected donor pools in the population at large, from which the traits for the combination group will be drawn.

It is important to note that with the sanction to proceed to organism cloning, we have demonstrated our ability to fulfill ethics requirements. From this point forward SRC guidelines and MTALRES guidelines require application of the universal rights code. All genetic sets are to be verified in a seven step process of review before any viable embryo is placed into the growth system. You can consult your manuals for details.

This project is not to be a mass production system. We are not going to be creating vats of clone soldiers. This is a research project with the intent to provide for our own genetic competitiveness with the engineering capabilities of our neighbors and nothing more. The rules of this project’s new mandate are outlined  clearly in the upcoming release which you can find a preliminary copy of here.

Remember that anything we do or say from this point forward in the project is required by disclosure law, to be made public in the future. Take the charge of your position seriously. Make ours a legacy of honest knowledge and seeking of truth with your words, deeds and actions.

As a note, all staff will be required to attend child development courses taught by MTALRES instructors when they arrive. There is a sign up sheet available here.

Cpt. Althea Chalser
MTALRES-188-34-11-C Head
@MTALRES-188-34-11-C.CHALSER.A

Short: Military Cloning Initiative (Part 17)

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NMSC-1-7f-7d “MTALRES-188-34-11-C LOG”

RE:  Breakthrough!
To: MTALRES-188-34-11-C.CHALSER.A

Dearest Cpt. Chalser,

I appreciate your enthusiasm. I hope that my previous statements of intent to be a working part of the project here have been proven at this point.

I understand that you were interested to know why I came up with the technique I did with the Team 3 Head staff. Because of that interest I will be publishing my own detailed addendum to Cpt. Durnist’s own. I have yet to complete it however so I will have to request your understanding in the interim.

Essentially it boils down to the reality of the Kul’Raigh population. They are extremely odd from an evolutionary perspective, to the point where our bio computing technology was almost solely based on their brain scans for the better part of the last decade. It was only recently that native scans gave us an idea of how to move forward.

I performed my first doctorate research project on _____ genetic topology and programming, and when I saw what Cpt. Durnist was doing, I understood what he had to do from there to get where he wanted. To be clear, I am not an expert geneticist, I am more proficient in logic and control flow than I am in biology, but the genetic set is and always has been a particularly good bio computing platform.

The way that the genome is coded is such that the _____ and _____ stages are duplicated only when the proper protein markers are attached to _____. Without these there is little that can be done to modify the DNA. Attaching Novian genetic material inline then, requires that we assign _____ to the _____ sequence to open it for programming. (A similiar setup is well documented in genetic research in the Federation, I can cite it in my write up. The setup we need to use must be different or we won’t be able to combine the new base pairs.)

Our technique won’t be as clean because we are not crafting the gene entirely from nothing and we have to fit alien genetic material into the gaps. But based on your program’s expertise with that sort of mapping I think you can handle figuring out where each of the Novian genes needs to be placed.

I did notice that we have a cohesion degradation in our bio computing nodes when we modify those however; it decreases redundancy common to the Kul’Raigh DNA. (An entirely different topic of course but related and interesting)

If that degradation manifests it will probably kill any cultures because cell apoptosis sets in rather dramatically when that degradation occurs. I never figured out the solution to it.

Dr. Y. Mizari
MTALRES-188-34-11-C Team 4 Head
@MTALRES-188-34-11-C.MIZARI.Y

Short: Military Cloning Initiative (Part 16)

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NMSC-1-7f-7d “MTALRES-188-34-11-C LOG”

RE:  Breakthrough!
To: MTALRES-188-34-11-C.CHALSER.A

Althea,

This is amazing, we just had a breakthrough down in lab six. I know you are traveling from complex A right now but this is something I had to share. We were able to grow fully hybridized cells in the lab environment, these are not just the simulations, this is the real deal.

I talked with our new team lead, Dr. Mizari, like you asked and because of her help we actually got past the problem holding back Team 3. She had a completely unique approach that I never considered until she reminded me about the work on _________.

We are going to try a long term cell culture before we declare this a viable route, but I am confident.

I always hoped bio-computing would be more of a part of our research and it seems it was the key to the lockbox we needed to find. I am going to make sure I put together a full brief so that by the time you are back we can have a detailed meeting about the methods. Dr. Lent has been invited to our lab already to oversea our procedure and ethics compliance, as you requested in the meeting.

Again, I am looking forward to sharing this with the other teams, this is never before seen research and it is happening in our labs. I cannot wait to keep going.

Cpt. K. Durnist
MTALRES-188-34-11-C Team 3 Head
@MTALRES-188-34-11-C.DURNIST.K

Short: Military Cloning Initiative (Part 15)

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NMSC-1-7f-7d “MTALRES-188-34-11-C LOG”

RE: MTALRES Restructure
To: MTALRES-188-34-11-C.Staff

Staff,

I am happy to announce that we will be taking on some of the minds from the now cancelled project at DEVFAC2. Following the challenges they have faced, we are able to offer them a new home with like minded research focused individuals and I strongly encourage each of you to reach out to new members of the staff and introduce yourselves. Of note is the creation of a fourth team, headed by a former project manager from the DEVFAC2 facility.

It is my pleasure to introduce Dr. Yona Mizari, as the lead for the fourth team. Dr. Mizari brings with her the excellence of a long pedigree of skilled Bio-Computational scientists and is a specialist in Biological Computing and Neural Machine Sciences and will help to provide additional expertise and insight into our work and assist our teams in finding new and creative solutions to problems we currently face and those we may come to in the future.

Joining Dr. Mizari are several more experts in the fields of Biological Computing, Neural Machine Sciences and Biocomputing Topology. The full list of these new peers can be found here on the staff network. Please make them feel comfortable.

With that out of the way I wanted to talk about the Ethics Council Review that we had conducted. The results are summarized here , this is required reading for all staff. The rulings therein are binding on the project.

Lastly, please note that because of the nature of our project and its eventual goals, I am compelled to ask the staff for suggestions on medical doctors who they know who may have qualifications relating to our research. As the nature of this project dictates, we will need both doctors and eventually, are also likely to need individuals with qualifications in child care. Preference is given to candidates who are also familiar with or certified in any of the fields listed in the this brief on staff net, please note the list is non exhaustive, so if you have questions, please contact me directly.

If you have such a qualification, please bring it to my attention as soon as you can. It is a lot easier to shuffle existing staff than clear new ones.

Cpt. Althea Chalser
MTALRES-188-34-11-C Head
@MTALRES-188-34-11-C.CHALSER.A

Short: Military Cloning Initiative (Part 14)

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NMSC-1-7f-7d “MTALRES-188-34-11-C LOG”

RE: MTALRES Disaster Details
To: MTALRES-188-34-11-C.Staff

Staff,

As SRC Guidelines and MTALRES policy dictate, when large accidents happen, cleared personnel are to be given resource information about the incident. We believe that through understanding mistakes and problems encountered by others, we can avoid them ourselves.

The full release can be found here. Please be aware that visual material is not included. Some of the descriptions however, are still graphic.

There is no simple way to describe the events that took place in the DEVFAC-A-2. The project was a complicated piece of work with many moving parts and it fell apart on one of them. Unfortunately, that moving part claimed lives when it failed.

The project being explored at DEVFAC-A-2 should hit us close to home. If you read the goals of the project you will quickly see that like all MTALRES projects, this too was about how we could advance _________ and protect the nation and its people more effectively but from a different angle.

Because of the events as they have occurred, we are going to have to restructure some of our own to ensure that we follow new guidelines set out from this project.

I was going to suggest that the project reading be on your mind, but I think it is best if I make it required for everyone. From ethics to goals, this project will make you reflect on what and why we are doing what we are. Do not squander the lives that have been lost by trampling over what their blood has taught us.

Cpt. Althea Chalser
MTALRES-188-34-11-C Head
@MTALRES-188-34-11-C.CHALSER.A

Short: Military Cloning Initiative (Part 13)

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NMSC-1-7f-7d “MTALRES-188-34-11-C LOG”

RE: MTALRES Project Hold
To: MTALRES-188-34-11-C.CHALSER.A


SECURITY ALERT: This message contains a SECURE ORDER CHECKSUM and cannot be removed from storage servers or modified by the recipient without proper authorization.


Hello Captain Chalser,

I am writing to inform you that MTALRES has been ordered to cease development of new research operations pending a review of an incident that has occurred at a research development site.

You may be aware of MTALRES efforts at cognitive simulation and the technology developments that have been made toward that end. Specifically, neural interface technologies etc.

Unfortunately there was an incident at DEVFAC-A-2 of the MTALRES complex which resulted in casualties. Because of this the Admiralty has put all MTALRES projects on hold pending review of the incident and has ordered me to send this out to all the active project heads. Since you are off the grid right now I can only assume that my message will reach you later than it is sent.

Consider this an official order by way of the Admiralty Governing Body of the NovaCore to halt all research development until you have been given an all clear by me or my office directly. SOC Boiler plate follows.


This document is fitted with an SOC and will act as valid enforcement authorization for the order described above. Your receipt of this message will be logged by the local base command staff and a copy is automatically being forwarded to the security staff there.

If anyone in your staff refuses to abide by this order you are required to place them into the custody of the security staff on post.


I know how passionate some of us get about our projects, sometimes that passion takes us too far. Given that, please use as much tact as you can in bringing this information to your people.

I am not authorized to transmit the particulars of the incident at DEVFAC to you but suffice it to say that some people are going home to emptier homes today. Please keep your people safe, and keep their heads out of the clouds.

Major Rika Sweitzek
@MTALRES-CMD-R.Sweitzek


SECURITY ALERT: This message contains a SECURE ORDER CHECKSUM and cannot be removed from storage servers or modified by the recipient without proper authorization.


Short: Military Cloning Initiative (Part 12)

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NMSC-1-7f-7d “MTALRES-188-34-11-C LOG”

RE: Lent
To: MTALRES-188-34-11-C.DURNIST.K

I did talk to Junia, and she told me why she was upset with you. I should tell you she is talking to to the ethics head about it too.

You really put my ass in the fire with this Kith, I am trying to run a program where we are shoving CIVIL and MTALRES people into the same space and running on the common standards.

The reality is that I sense a firefighting scenario coming up when Dr. Fendi gets on this because he is big on SRC guidelines as well.

The saving grace of it all is that team 3 has some very solid showings with and because of that COC is probably going to squish the outrage a bit.

For the record, I think hybridization is a valid pursuit but I also understand why the SRC guidelines have been established around resequencing and those sorts of research topics.

Suffice it to say, that by the time this project is done, MILRES guidelines or at very least, MTALRES guidelines are going to have updated rules on the topic, in no small part thanks to your research.

I will be voting for any approval toward that effect.

Cpt. Althea Chalser
MTALRES-188-34-11-C Head
@MTALRES-188-34-11-C.CHALSER.A

Short: Military Cloning Initiative (Part 11)

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NMSC-1-7f-7d “MTALRES-188-34-11-C LOG”

RE:  Hybridization Success
To: MTALRES-188-34-11-C.CHALSER.A

Althea,

Huge progress on the profiler this week. We have seen a 70% increase in proper marking and cohesion with the new enzymes. The data set we got back from _________ was an amazing boon to the research.

We are going to double check now but the strains are combining better than we ever thought possible when put under the proper conditions.

Fair warning: we have been seeing strip decoupling in some instances but our people are trying to work out the cause.

We are on schedule to have a presentation for this by the next executive committee meeting.

Also, thank you for talking to Dr. Lent for me. I am not very good dealing with civilian sector researchers about that sort of topic. I know it was more heat than you wanted at the time but without your help the shouting match would have been ongoing.

Cpt. K. Durnist
MTALRES-188-34-11-C Team 3 Head
@MTALRES-188-34-11-C.DURNIST.K

Short: Military Cloning Initiative (Part 10)

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NMSC-1-7f-7d “MTALRES-188-34-11-C LOG”

RE: _________ development stable
To: MTALRES-188-34-11-C.Exec

Hello Everyone,

I am proud to announce on behalf of Team 1 that _________ has reached stability for the purposes of our work. This means that we are going to be moving forward with _________ as outlined by Dr. Chalser in that presentation.

Thanks again Althea, the talk we had afterward is, I’m told, one reason our team had the breakthrough. Dr. Halsey has a writeup for you if you are interested in some of the final steps. Sort of a shame that we cannot submit this to SRC this year.

Now that we have _________ available in a stable form I will transfer the availables to Team 2. It should solve the challenges they were facing with _________ during the latter phase.

I’ll be giving the team leads and Exec members a hard copy of the data at the upcoming progress report so if anyone has any questions that are not listed in the STAFFNET release that was put out by Team 1, please let me know ahead of time so I can make sure the answers are in the hard copy for your reference.

Lastly,

Since the shipping day is coming up, I took the liberty of ordering some ingredients for the kitchen to put together the celebratory luncheon Althea promised when we reached this milestone. I made sure to look into the dietary restrictions of all team members before ordering but if you have anything to add please send that in to logistics before 0550 tomorrow since that’s when the comm window cutoff is.

Here is the menu so far .

Regards,

Dr. Junia Lent
MTALRES-188-34-11-C Cochair
@MTALRES-188-34-11-C.Lent.J