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Observational Remarks for Risk Assessment by Cloning Facilities
Recycle Report 1027
Type of Report: Technical Report.
Received: 197.01/00:000 GCT.
Technical Review: 197.01/00:000 GCT. Rejected.
Availability: Confidential. Not approved for public release.
Cloning has always been a matter of debate throughout the cycles. Recycle Reports have been vital in aggregating new findings to provide a clear guide for the next hundred days to come. In my previous reports on this subject, I've addressed key state-of-the-art techniques that have improved clone's monitoring, I've fuelled the debate on Cloning Justice and Equality Access, and I even addressed some fundamental, yet old, philosophical arguments that are currently in discussion by the Promethean Sect following my previous Recycle Report about the Meaning of cloning. For this cycle, new practical issues are recommended for consideration.
Spontaneous cloning as always been observed in bacteria and some plants, and they have provided the baseline from which we built our own mastery. In cloning vats associated technology we have been able to remain consistent with the definition of cloning – the developing of individuals genetically identical or near identical with the original organism or part of an organism from which they are derived.
Access to Old Earth scripts have provided remarkable insights that further support the idea that we have extensive experience in this field to match the responsibility of our acts:
- Clone comes from the Greek word klón, meaning small branch or twig. In this sense, it was in the early 20th Old Earth Anno Domini (OEAD) century that clon was used by plant physiologist Herbert Webber to describe grafting plant technique. Only later in OEAD 1963 it was added the letter e together with the new meaning of clone as creation of super-humans, that we still apply in the current cycles;
- The first scientific records of animal cloning are from the 19th OEAD century involving frogs, sea urchins and salamanders; the first in vitro child was born OEAD 1978 in the United Kingdom; blastomere separation followed in OEAD 1993 in the United States of America; and in OEAD 1996 a lamb named Dolly was the first mammal cloned by somatic cell nuclear transfer in Scotland.
Since the dawn of cloning techniques, we have successfully cloned all kind of plants and animals, including baseline humans and genotypes. Although we have been successfully applying and developing our techniques throughout the last cycles, less attention has been given to the minor changes that have been reported on behaviour, and so hampering our understanding of the risks that might still be associated to cloning in the current practice.
Following these considerations, the present Recycle Report intends to provide preliminary evidence to further develop a Risk Assessment on the current cloning practice, using observational behavioural reports on three clinical study-cases.
Three subjects were selected based on speculative information about possible behaviour alert signs. These subjects were observed using Station Security Services camera footages at Tau Station, and field notes were taken for qualitative analysis of relevant behavioural content.
Subject 1 – Carla Hassam
Behavioural alert brought by Eleni Llewelyn.
The female subject has been frequently seen in the Bar The Oasis Pub and Tau Station Clothier exhibiting constant talk with others and to herself. Despite these constant engagements, she exhibited low attention, not being able to maintain a conversation, constantly changing individuals and subjects. Also, frequently these interactions end up in aggressive behaviours toward occasional Gorram Ice Miners, using an unidentifiable stun baton. This subject should be compulsory accessed, as she could become a danger to others under specific behavioural triggers.
Subject 2– Mikel (Unknown surname)
Behavioural alert brought by Errik Mclure.
Male subject exhibiting anti-social and avoidance behaviour. He is very occasionally seen, so far only around the Ruins The Red Zones. He has been seen running around looking for some magical apparatus that might be the source of some inconsistent memories, disorganized speech and psychotic delusions. It can be possible that a high level of social anxiety is forcing a disruptive interpretation of our reality. Further analysis couldn't be obtained, but other individuals, regarding of genotype, might be a good alternative for getting additional details after engaging with this subject.
Subject 3 – Lotta Olofsdotter
Behavioural alert brought by an anonymous tip.
Female subject observed in several areas around the station showing increased lability and unstable emotional regulation. The subject seems to have no problem expressing her emotions, negative or positive, with extremely clear facial and body expressions, and gestures. Could this reflect a neurotic behaviour or a lack of frontal inhibitory control? Further analysis is necessary as, given her position in Security Services, this hormonal instability might cause her to follow her emotions rather than reason and rules.
Real-time security footage can serve as an unbiased method for behaviour analysis. Station Security Services access occurred as planned, but there seems to exist the need for a system update (to be later reported).
In these three study cases, I've observed minor behaviour signs that might reflect small inconsistencies that occur during the cloning procedure. Maybe more important that the meaning and philosophic discussions of cloning, we can now focus on practical and observable behaviour. We have clearly gone through the phase where the survival rate is so high that now we can further focus on the minor details that might be happening beneath our watch. Maybe we should extend this behavioural analysis to provide a baseline for measuring if the cloning process might have any minor risks that are still occurring, serving as a clear preliminary ground for developing a Risk Assessment on the current cloning practice.
Until public release, the views expressed in this report are not necessarily those of Anima Foundation, but the author himself.
Unmounting the concepts
The choice of the serial number in this fictional report was dedicated to Eugenia Kolasinsky's "Tecnhical Report 1027" on "Simulator Sickness in Virtual Environments", which was an inspirational work for my investigation.
The mention about the need for a system update by the Station Security Services is consistent with Dr. Briggs complains in the A Rude Awakening Mission.
The date for the report, 197.04/00:000 GCT, is dedicated to Tau Station Player's Guide date of 2018.01.02 for First Closed Alpha wave.
The first name of Dr. Briggs was meant to be consistent with the purposely dual tone of his work (pro-cloning and anti-cloning; funded by Anima Foundation, yet provocative to their assumptions). The name Joseph comes from the Hebrew Yoseph, meaning to add, to increase, and it has biblical meaning. So, as Briggs could come from the Italian briga, meaning to fight, a complicated problem, or a brawl, the name Joseph matched the added intention to discuss cloning again, approaching it from a perspective that is conflicting with his position.
Carla's surname is never mentioned in the game. The choice of Hassam was rooted in the origins of the word assassin, from the Italian assassino, from the Arabic haxaxi, the one that uses hashish, a group that fought and kill Christians during the Crusades.
Carla analysis is consistent with her premeditated assault during the Mission A Rude Awakening. It's just speculative that she's the cause of the commotions started by the Gorram Ice Miners at the Bar The Oasis Pub of Tau Station mentioned in the Mission Secrets and Servos.
Lotta Olofsdotter is a satire on historical male scientific explanations about female emotional well-being. Well, she did have a romance with Abre, the Gaule Protectorate Gaule Embassy representative. Was that irrational, or the right thing to do as it was consistent with her feelings? :)
The fact that other civilians make the tip for other individuals to be evaluated, well, how many times in History have we seen this going the wrong way? The anonymous tip about Lotta's emotional state is just to raise the doubt on her friend or lover...
Stating the obvious, please note that although some of the information in this report is real, this is a fictional leaked paper created for an unofficial short-story contest for the Tau Station game. Even some of this fictional content and insinuations remain a personal subjective speculation just for the fun of this contest and may not be officially supported. If you have interest in Cloning Ethical issues, the following reference could be an interesting first step:
- Häyry, M. (2018). Ethics and cloning. British Medical Bulletin, 128(1), 15–21. https://doi.org/10.1093/bmb/ldy031