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510,30’N, 00 – GENEVA

 

Switzerland was once home to a famous meeting where the wartime Convention which bears that name prohibited the torture of prisoners of war and was agreed internationally. This mountainous region of Europe is now the favoured location of many international pharmaceutical and medical research groups and organisations. Since clocks were invented, watches that were Swiss-made were highly prized for their quality and accurate timekeeping. Latterly, the country has become synonymous with banking and secrecy for its customers, who were until recently practically immune from account checks. The Swiss numbered account was then a valued asset and a place where many millions of $s, £s, Francs and Marks were securely deposited. No longer.

Genonimo Investments Inc. was a little known concern that had pioneered research on synthesized organisms for many years with a breakthrough in 2010, said to have been the equivalent to nano science for computers, in that for the first time a fully artificial life form was created in the laboratory. This was no less staggering a feat of science than when the first human babies were cloned or man went to the Moon. Klaus von Kolreuter had spent his whole life trying to decipher the secrets of life that are hidden deep in the double helix strands of Deoxyribonucleic Acid or DNA which make our chromosomes. Essentially, a chromosome is a long molecule with a twin parallel backbone of alternating sugar and phosphate units in a spiral formed from around 20 amino acid building blocks to form a protein chain. This chain is a biochemical and universal genetic code for just about every living thing of earth.

In 1953 James Watson and Francis Crick identified DNA after they had devoted much of their lives to medical research. Finally working as a team they isolated the protein discovered its unique qualities. Klaus had followed the unravelling of DNA with growing fascination as a boy. He’d been very lucky on graduation from university to have been head hunted for his outstanding research and subsequent thesis, earning him his first master’s degree and later his BSc bachelor of science. He’d postulated that one day man would be able to cure diseases and build immunity into the world population’s DNA store.

A man of habit Klaus, rarely took holidays. He was a dedicated family man who’d married a laboratory colleague, so at least they had their work in common, until Eva fell pregnant. Both parents then watched in fascination as their daughter grew into a young woman, exhibiting inherited qualities which they both knew had been passed on in their genes. Eva was very supportive of Klaus because she realised the value of his work to mankind. He was of course well paid and they both lived very comfortably. They both secretly yearned for the perfect human form for themselves. They were far from the ideal as identified by consumer advertising and motion pictures.

It was the development of super computers that came to the rescue in the number crunching of millions of code sequences and finally the identification of certain strands which they knew endowed specific physical qualities such as luminescence, mass, height, colour and so on. Klaus spent as much time mastering computers as he did the chemistry of his experiments, giving praise to Charles Babbage for his early perseverance. A real breakthrough came with dedicated peripherals and robot technicians that multiplied his efforts a thousand fold. Yet again, technology to the rescue not a little inspired by Henry Ford’s production methods.

Eventually, it was the computer program that took over. The software was developed which could identify the qualities of certain chunks of a DNA sequence and relate those chunks to other species interchangeably. From that point on, plug in modules allowed a technician to choose the characteristics of a human hybrid. Although some strange permutations were created which international law would deem illegal. They were however destroyed and all evidence of such experiments erased from the computers and laboratory records.

If the characteristic of a species is changed too much, a new species is created. The test is the ability of the modified creature to conceive with the natural animal. It is well known that lions and tigers can and have interbred, to give ‘tions’ and ‘ligers.’ But a lion could not mate with a pig or a bear, not that for one minute such a combination might come about via mutual attraction.

There is nothing new in selective breeding. Humans have been breeding cattle for superior meat gain or milk yield for hundreds of years. Horses have been bred that are fast runners, such as the Arabian, and others for their pulling capability, such as the Carthorse. The common wolf was tamed and bred to give us poodles, great danes and terriers.

In nature, ants breed drones, queens, workers and soldiers each with highly specialised tasks. Soldiers have vastly exaggerated mandibles to defend a nest against intruders. Though each ant is specialised they all work together, unlike humans, for a common cause and that is because they are all related. The designated function is dictated by the food the larvae are fed. If fed royal jelly, a larva develops into a queen, who is in effect a dedicated egg producing variant.

Ants have an incredible power to weight ratio, capable of lifting 200 times their own body mass. Fleas can leap incredible distances, the equivalent of a man jumping over the Empire State building. The problem with using DNA so far removed from human DNA is that side characteristics were often not discovered for years. Computer prediction overcomes the surprise element to some extent, much as computational fluid dynamics can predict drag just as well as a good wind tunnel.

Before such tools, there was a rabbit which became a killer and devoured its mate and a dog that kept trying to climb up walls like a spider, causing itself serious injuries. These animals could not be cured with medicines or intensive training, even where painful shocks were applied which would normally train an animal not to do something again. If you place a hot teabag on a dog’s nose, it will never go near a teabag again. Not unless it is painstakingly taught that teabags are not hot, using cold teabags with rewards.

Klaus had lost much of his hair as he aged and now shaved off the remainder for a tidy appearance. He wore silver thin rimmed spectacles which dangle from a chain around his neck. He is short and stocky and very much enjoys his food. One day while looking in the mirror, the thought occurred to him that he had within his grasp the power to shape his physique and with further development even his looks and thinking capacity.

As Klaus von Kolreuter shared his breakthroughs with Eva, they both mused at the possibilities his work might offer to them. They could both have the ideal form. This prospect grew tantalisingly closer, a sort of reincarnation that the ancient Egyptians dreamed of by reading from the book of life. To Klaus and Eva the book of life was the listing of identified DNA strands and the spell to command was the computer program that stitched all the components together. This would give the operator the ability to create a human clone. But that was only part of the puzzle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER 1.   THE POISON ASP

CHAPTER 2.   WRATH OF THE GODS - The destruction of Thonis and Alexandria

CHAPTER 3.   NEW WORLD ORDER - A Neo-Nazi plan to regenerate Aryan supremacy

CHAPTER 4.   CYBERCORE GENETICA - Nano computer technology is purchased at an auction by a religious sect.

CHAPTER 5.   INCUBUS

CHAPTER 6.   SPLICE

CHAPTER 7.   TREMORS - Cleopatra's tomb lay lost for centuries. Until a shift in the tectonic plates triggered a tremor off the coast of Alexandria.

CHAPTER 8.   PANAMANIAN RUNNING MAN -

CHAPTER 9.   THE AMAZON

CHAPTER 10. TOMB RAIDERS - Safiya Sabuka and Musa Bomani dive among sifting sands to discover precious artifacts and golden treasures.

CHAPTER 11. SCOTLAND YARD

CHAPTER 12. OPERATION ALEXANDRIA - Neo-Nazi occultists recover Cleopatra's sarcophagus from underwater tomb near Palace.

CHAPTER 13. KIDNAP - Charley is taken prisoner 

CHAPTER 14. UNESCO - Catholic Church fear grave desecration heritage theft, asks agencies for help. Interpol issue Red Notice.

CHAPTER 15. REPLICANT - The Society reproduce Cleopatra using Francisco's RepliVator™, uploading synapse sequence and implanted memories.

CHAPTER 16. FULL STEAM AHEAD - Storm speeds to Thonis, then uses the Swann's AI sensors and the Ark database to find tomb has been plundered.

CHAPTER 17. RITUAL SACRIFICE - The Baron prepares a drugged Cleopatra for ceremonial impregnation.

CHAPTER 18. SANCTUM INTERRUPTUS - John finds secret Nazi hideout near Alexandria, disturbs ritual - rescues Cleopatra, arresting conspirators.

CHAPTER 19. THE CHOSEN ONE - The reincarnated Cleopatra falls for her rescuer. John comes under her spell, despite her being a replicant.

CHAPTER 20. MILITARY INTERVENTION - The military detain Cleopatra to appease stakeholders, despite media & medical protests. Storm distraught.

CHAPTER 21. DÉJÀ VU - History repeats itself, military lock up technology as gross violation of human rights, John left disillusioned:  FINALE FOR NOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAPHIC BRIEF - SUGGESTED LAYOUTS/ FORMAT

 

CHAPTER 1.   THE POISON ASP - Overwhelmed by grief, Cleopatra poisons herself with a cobra bite in her mausoleum

CHAPTER 2.   WRATH OF THE GODS - The destruction of Thonis and Alexandria

CHAPTER 3.   NEW WORLD ORDER - A Neo-Nazi plan to regenerate Aryan supremacy

CHAPTER 4.   CYBERCORE GENETICA - Nano computer technology is purchased at an auction by a religious sect

CHAPTER 5.   INCUBUS - Franco Francisco accepts offer of employment from Roberta Ferrara

CHAPTER 6.   SPLICE - Klaus von Kolreuter perfects a method of gene manipulation

CHAPTER 7.   TREMORS - Cleopatra's tomb lay lost for centuries, until shift in the tectonic plates trigger tremor off the coast of Alexandria

CHAPTER 8.   PANAMANIAN RUNNING MAN - Marjorie Boyle videos exceptionally fast athlete, Sam Hollis investigates

CHAPTER 9.   AMAZON QUEEN - Elizabeth Swann navigating river and docking at Manaus

CHAPTER 10. TOMB RAIDERS - Safiya Sabuka and Musa Bomani dive among sifting sands to discover precious artifacts and golden treasures

CHAPTER 11. SCOTLAND YARD - London's secure DNA database is stolen

CHAPTER 12. OPERATION ALEXANDRIA - Neo-Nazi occultists recover Cleopatra's sarcophagus from underwater tomb near Palace

CHAPTER 13. KIDNAPPED - Charley is taken prisoner, John, Dan and CIA rescue her

CHAPTER 14. UNESCO - Catholic Church fear grave desecration heritage theft, asks agencies for help. Interpol issue Red Notice

CHAPTER 15. REPLICANT - The Society reproduce Cleopatra using Francisco's RepliVator™, uploading synapse sequence, implanted memories

CHAPTER 16. FULL STEAM AHEAD - To Thonis, then uses the Swann's AI sensors and the Ark database to find tomb has been plundered

CHAPTER 17. RITUAL SACRIFICE - The Baron prepares a drugged Cleopatra for ceremonial impregnation

CHAPTER 18. SANCTUM INTERRUPTUS - John finds Nazi hideout near Alexandria, disturbs ritual - rescues Cleopatra, arresting conspirators

CHAPTER 19. THE CHOSEN ONE - The reincarnated Cleopatra falls for her rescuer. John comes under her spell, despite her being a replicant

CHAPTER 20. MILITARY INTERVENTION - Military detain Cleopatra for stakeholders, despite media & medical protests. Storm distraught

CHAPTER 21. DÉJÀ VU - History repeats itself, military lock up technology as gross violation of human rights, John left disillusioned

 

 

 

 

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