Species 8472

Horizon physicians and scientists have now had the
opportunity to study five individuals whom we are
calling "8472 hybrids." They are humanoids, three
human and two Vulcan, who have been purposefully
exposed to 8472 genetic material, with the result that
this material has colonized their cells, somatic and
reproductive, deactivating the humanoid DNA and taking
control of all cellular functions. The hybrids retain
their former appearance and the ability to impersonate
themselves; however, they are absolutely controlled by
an external telepathic force we are calling "the
Mother." We believe the Mother is an 8472 individual
(or possibly collective) which directs the actions of
the army (purebred and hybrid alike) now active in
Devu System and on D-18.

8472 genetic material is introduced into host cells by
virus-like bioconstructs we are calling symbiocytes.
The symbiocytes are normally injected into a host via
8472’s formidable claws, which exude a colorless serum
containing the constructs. Hybrids also develop
serum-injecting claws, which are retracted under the
host’s own fingernails when not in use. Symbiocytes
are also present in the blood of 8472 purebreds and
hybrids. ANYONE SCRATCHED BY AN 8472 PUREBRED OR
HYBRID SHOULD CONSIDER HIMSELF INFECTED BY
SYMBIOCYTES. ANYONE WHO HAS BLOOD-TO-BLOOD CONTACT
WITH 8472 SHOULD CONSIDER HIMSELF INFECTED. THOSE
WORKING WITH 8472 SPECIMENS OR SAMPLES MUST WEAR LEVEL
FIVE BIOHAZARD GEAR AND FILAMENT-MAIL REINFORCED
GLOVES. IT HAS NOT YET BEEN DETERMINED WHETHER
ASPIRATION OR INGESTION OF 8472 SERUM OR BLOOD IS
HAZARDOUS, BUT IT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED SO.

Symbiocytes can live outside an organic host for no
more than thirty seconds. Hybridization begins within
one hour after inoculation of the host with 8472 serum
or blood. HYBRIDIZATION DOES NOT REACH THE
IRREVERSIBLE STAGE, HOWEVER, UNTIL THREE TO SIX HOURS
AFTER INOCULATION. UNTIL THIS "GRACE PERIOD" HAS
ELAPSED, HOSTS CAN BE CLEARED OF SYMBIOCYTES BY ONE OF
TWO CURRENTLY AVAILABLE METHODS, AS OUTLINED BELOW:

1.) Transportation with biofilter programmed for 8472
DNA. After hybridization has reached the irreversible
stage, the characteristic bioelectrical field
generated by 8472 will prevent transportation, thus
rendering this solution impossible.

2.) Placement of the host within a field generated by
the resonance scanners designed by Horizon Science
(see Science Report for specifications.) This field
causes the 8472 DNA to resonate. If the scanners are
set at high intensity, the resulting resonance will
tear apart the 8472 DNA and any symbiocytes carrying
it. NB: The sooner this method is used, the better.
Lethal resonance of the 8472 DNA causes cell damage in
the host. Medical support must be available for the
host, especially if resonance therapy is attempted at
more than three hours following symbiocyte
inoculation.

One method that 8472 uses for reproduction is what we
call a "stand-alone womb" or "surrogate mother." This
is an 8472 individual highly specialized for
procreation AND for genetic recombination. It is
immobile and unintelligent, apparently entirely under
the control of the telepathic Mother. It contains a
wealth of undifferentiated germ cells which are highly
mutable. Horizon has one of these wombs under study.
It has been observed to create batches of different
mutations, which progress to first embryo stage. When
the womb (actually, we speculate, the Mother) chooses
a particular mutation as promising, it can direct
those embryos to continue maturation.

Another womb has been observed on Devu II, at a much
later stage of maturity. It was giving birth to 8472
individuals specialized for symbiocyte delivery. These
vectors, as we call them, had two basic forms,
previously unobserved: multilegged crawlers about half
a meter long and bat-winged fliers with a wing span of
about one meter. These creatures are extremely fast
and aggressive. We speculate their purpose is to
swiftly inoculate large host populations.

8472 appears to be able to direct its own evolution at
a pace exponentially beyond anything previously
observed. When a new agent or weapon threatens it, it
mutates new immunities and shields. For this reason,
constant vigilance must be exercised. What works one
day may well not work the next. 8472 purebreds and
hybrids should be continually monitored for genetic
changes.

To our advantage, it appears that only the stand-alone
wombs (and presumably the Mother) are able to compel
mutations. Only they seem to contain germ cells.
Somatic (nonreproductive) 8472 cells do not, to our
knowledge, have the capacity for rapid evolution. Thus
hybrids and nonreproductive 8472 pureb áreds can
only mutate if they are inoculated with mutated
symbiocytes, starting the hybridization process all
over again.

IT IS THUS ESSENTIAL TO CONTROL WOMBS OR SURROGATE
MOTHERS AND TO ELIMINATE SPECIALIZED SYMBIOCYTE
VECTORS. NOT ONLY CAN THESE VECTORS CREATE NEW
HYBRIDS, THEY CAN ALSO CAUSE OLD HYBRIDS AND 8472
PUREBREDS TO MUTATE.

Horizon Science and Medicine is currently working on a
symbiocytic serum to reverse end-stage hybridization,
taking advantage of 8472’s own recombination
mechanisms. If this work is successful, hybrids will
be curable — that is, their innate genetic material
will be returned to dominance and the 8472 influence
will be negated. FOR THIS REASON, HYBRIDS WHICH CAN BE
PLACED IN SAFE CUSTODY SHOULD NOT BE KILLED. A
CURATIVE THERAPY MAY BE AVAILABLE IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

NOTE: In fact, symbiocytic therapy has indeed proven
effective. Dr. Jeremy Firxen of Horizon was able to
create symbiocytes containing an altered 8472 DNA that
deactivated and eventually destroyed 8472 genetic
material already resident in host cells. However, the
altered DNA remained inactive. When repairs were made
to the host’s own DNA, it began functioning again.

This is a complex procedure, requiring several days of
intensive medical treatment and life support.
Symbiocytic therapy attempted without proper
facilities will invariably kill the patient.
Therefore the curative symbiocytic serum should NOT be
administered until the patient is transferred to a
intensive care unit.

Successfully treated patients will recover their
former personae, but may retain telepathic abilities
imparted by hybridization. Counseling is recommended
to help these patients deal with the unfamiliar
talent, as well as with posttraumatic stress related
to the hybridization process and temporary loss of
self.

Methods for controlling or eliminating 8472 hybrids
and purebreds:

1.) Phagonanites. These must be programmed to seek out
and devour a particular strain of 8472 DNA. Horizon
had great success against both 8472 individuals and
8472 bioships with its original nanites; however, it
appears that the 8472 presence in this area has
already begun to mutate into an immunity to the
available nanites. Control via this method would
appear to be a constant race between rapid evolution
and nanotechnology.

Nanites can be delivered via modified small
projectiles such as plasma grenades and via large
projectiles, such as modified photon torpedoes.
Spraying or even sprinkling the nanites should also be
viable delivery methods under the proper conditions.

Because nanites replicate themselves at an enormous
rate once in contact with target tissue, they can
destroy large numbers of 8472 individuals or large
8472 bioships in very little time. An excellent
weapon, if reprogramming and production can keep up
with 8472 evolution.

2) Resonance scanners. Used at low intensity, along
with modified medical tricorders, these can detect
8472 purebreds and hybrids. Used at high intensity,
these can quickly liquify 8472 tissue and are lethal
weapons. We have been placing resonance scanners set
at high intensity on all the access ports to hybrid
and 8472 quarantine areas, since one hybrid has shown
the ability to pass through ordinary retention fields.

Science has been working on anti-Species resonance
weapons. These have a limited range, however, and
would not be useful in most ship-to-ship combat
situations.

3) Three phase scan. This is a scanning method that
positively identifies 8472 by locating three factors
which, in combination, are unique to the species. One
of these is an element not found in our continuum. The
others are an acid and a salt. (See Science Report for
specifications). Ordinary tricorders can be modified
for three phase scan. This method is also highly
useful for scanning large areas for an 8472 presence.
Horizon has used it with success for taking an 8472
"census" of the surface of Devu II. Theoretically, it
could detect 8472 at long range in space.

4) Rigelian lye projectiles. 8472 blood contains
sorbic acid, which in combination with Rigelian lye
releases hydrogen gas and causes severe burning. This
reaction has been shown to have a lethal effect on
8472 tissue. Horizon Science has been working to
produce viable delivery methods for the lye. Under
development are TR116-B bullets containing the lye
and, for large scale destruction, photon torpedoes
containing the same. These weapons should be ready for
testing and production in the near future.

NOTE: Rigelian lye bullets and torpedoes were
eventually used in Devu System, with excellent
results. Both individuals and small bioships were
destroyed using this approach. This weapon may be the
strongest yet against 8472, in that sorbic acid is so
vital a feature of the SpeciesÕ physiology that it may
be impossible for it to mutate away from producing it,
at least any time soon.

5) Ordinary weaponry. 8472 hybrids can be temporarily
put down by phasers set on heaviest stun or lightest
kill. Higher kill settings can be used on Vulcanoid
(and presumably Klingon) hybrids. Projectile weapons
can also inflict sufficient damage to temporarily take
down hybrids and purebreds, but they will immediately
begin to regenerate. IT IS INADVISABLE TO USE ORDINARY
PROJECTILE WEAPONS OR CUTTING WEAPONS ON HYBRIDS OR
8472 PUREBREDS, AS THESE CAN EXPOSE THE USER TO
SYMBIOCYTE-RICH BLOOD AND BODY FLUIDS. ANY HAND TO
HAND COMBAT IS HIGHLY INADVISABLE, DUE TO THE THREAT
OF CLAWING INOCULATION.

6) Vigilance in early 8472 detection. Since 8472
hybrids can behave exactly like the host and since
8472 hybrids have been known to impersonate other
species, systematic scanning of both military
personnel and civilians is essential. This scanning
(by resonance scanner or three phase scan) is nearly
instantaneous and noninvasive. It can also be covert.
IT MUST NOT BE NEGLECTED. Unless no other detection
method is available, old style blood or tissue testing
is NOT recommended, due to the possibility of exposure
to symbiocytes.

Review of weapons against 8472:

Phagonanites (Horizon Strain One)
Plasma grenade and photon torpedo modifications for
delivery of
phagonanites
Resonance scanner
Medical tricorder modifications (for use with
resonance scanners)
3-phase scan (for modification of tricorders and large
sensor systems)
TR116 bullets, modified for delivery of Rigelian lye
Photon torpedoes, modified for delivery of Rigelian
lye

NOTE: The leader of the 8472 invasion against Devu
System was called Mother Eyeya. As theorized, she did
indeed telepathically control all the 8472 individuals
involved in the attack. These individuals are called
daughters, and they were literally that, the children
of Mother Eyeya, whom a telepath on Horizon was able
to contact and visualize as an enormous reproductive
sack, continually fed and cared for by daughters while
she produced new broods.

Mother Eyeya made a temporary treaty with Horizon when
she and her forces came under attack by Kharians,
asking only that Federation forces stay out of the
fight. They did so, and in gratitude, Mother Eyeya
sent Horizon one hundred children which we call space
vectors. These are torpedo-shaped creatures of
apparently low intelligence. They range from one to
four meters in length and are designed to live and
travel in space and to sustain themselves indefinitely
on absorbed energy, such as starlight. They carry
massive quantities of neurophagic (nerve-eating)
symbiocytes specific to Kharians. These symbiocytes
are much hardier than those which cause hybridization,
capable of living for extended periods outside a host
and also capable of spreading by air. They are meant
to produce lethal epidemics, or even a pandemic, of a
disease Mother named the Twisted Death. She believed
that proper dispersion of the space vectors throughout
the Kharian Empire could bring about a genocide of the
race, and she encouraged the Federation to use them
for that purpose.

The hundred space vectors and their symbiocytic loads
are being kept under top security at the Failte
Shipyards. Dr. Renu d’Olimoi of Horizon has been
leading the research on them to date and speculates
that they could be cleared of the Kharian-specific
symbiocytes and charged with new ones specifically
lethal to nonimmunized 8472 individuals and bioships.

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