Whispers in the Heart, Part 13

This week we continue on with the first chapter of my “Remnants of Eden: Evolution, Deep-Time, & the Antediluvian World.” God bless, and stay with me as the story unfolds with the next post…

I told him, through a much more elaborate breakdown than I give here, of how we would first map and catalogue the SNPs¹ in a range of specific birds and reptiles, noting and exploiting atavisms,²and later, through the use of targeted transgenes,³ we would force modified atavistic morphologies into place while also altering allometric growth4 patterns; in effect producing new animals. I typically referred to those creatures as ACNs (Anthropogenic Charismatic Neofauna), or, for the larger breeds, ACMs (Anthropogenic Charismatic Megafauna). After describing the process to Fred, I went on to explain that the work would be conducted over three phases:

First, the technologies would be established through the production of small, docile breeds based on the genomes of Silkie Chickens. To secure income for the company, these creatures would be modified to be environmentally safe and marketed as Novel Pets. Not only would they be interesting and unique, but ideally we would reach a point to where the technology would allow us a degree of individualized customization, affording consumers the option to modify several of their pet’s physical characteristics prior to its production. Such planned customization features would include, for instance, bioluminescence, activated through involuntary actions of the endocrine system.

The second stage would see the techniques used to manufacture the pets utilized for more professional applications, specifically the production of Alternative Testbed Species (ATBS). These second generation ACNs, though saurian or avian in overall structure, could have potentially been designed to replicate various hormonal and physiological characteristics of canines and primates, offering research institutions a new means of testing.

The final, most distant phase of planning involved targeted efforts to use the refined techniques of phases 1 and 2 in order to produce several large, more specialized breeds for exhibition in unique zoological and game parks around the world. Given the success of the Jurassic Park franchise, there was little doubt that these creatures, when finally created, would produce a magnificent windfall for the company. Even more, it would have been the start of a study in the natural viability of man-made organisms, and I was extremely excited by the prospect.

1.03 ACM Diagram

Figure 1:03 – Proposed Concepts for ACMs, ACNs, and ATBS


I also explained to Fred that all of this would be extremely expensive to produce, and if viable, would require at least a decade of intense research to see completion. That said, if everything worked, the payoff would be spectacular. There were a lot of “ifs” involved, but ultimately the question became, “is it worth the risk?” I once again reminded Fred that I had few resources to offer him for his services, but if he was interested I would give him a 2% share of the company. Fred smiled, and told me that I reminded him of Henry Ford, who, when starting out, approached friends and neighbors seeking the necessary venture capital for his company. Fred told me he wanted in, ground floor. That day, we became more than just partners, we became friends.

Notes:

  1. Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms, effectively the variations that make individuals intrinsically unique)
  2. Incidents of aberrant physical morphology in which contemporary animals develop seemingly ancestral features, such as teeth within chickens, legs upon snakes, etc
  3. Transgenes are genes or gene systems transplanted from one organism to another which potentially have an effect on the development, morphology, biochemistry, and or physiology of the recipient organism
  4. Allometric growth is the variable speeds at which tissues and organs develop within an organism

The Story Continues with the Next Post…


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