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Source Melchizedek.0294
Approach β Hyi
Ascension 00h 25m 45.07037s
Declination –77° 15′ 15.2860″
Distance 24.34ly
Equinox J2000.0 SOL
Year 3782, QEC adjusted

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[Voice detected: Moussa Idjani, Ship's Physician]

Idjani:

  Testing, one-two. Testing. Very good.

  I'm transmitting from seed ship Melchizedek, serial 0294, en
  route to Beta Hydrii for systematic exo-panspermia. Today is
  mission date 24.54202, uh, 5 or 6. The ship is in deceleration
  at approximately 1.2G. This recording is being made in
  fore-botany. Doctor Moussa Idjani recording.

  [sotto voce] Where is that [unintelligible]

  As requested by command, this review of the arabidopsis anomaly
  specimen six is being recorded to QEC for transmission home.
  Perhaps our research can help the colonists avoid similar
  issues.

  Number six is a from our voucher herbarium specimen. This
  cutting has been treated in a pH 2.0 solution and removed from
  visible light for twelve cycles. I am preparing the sample with
  Eosin Y stain in an attempt to isolate the cytoplasic growths
  and abnormal cyclosis. Past attempts at isolation failed with
  a normal pH, so we are attempting a shift in the culture.
  I honestly have no idea if that's the right thing to do. We
  should have woken Kroups.

[Voice detected: Prezzi Adeyemi, Seriph Rhetorical Ecclesia]

Adeyemi:

  Doc, you have a minute?

Idjani:

  Just... getting... the slides up. There we go. What's up,
  Seriph?

Adeyemi:

  No luck on Kroups or Xavier?

Idjani:

  He's adamant. No thaw. We're on our own, at least until I can
  get us more food.

Adeyemi:

  Likely? That stuff freaks me out.

Idjani:

  Oh, probably. Here, have a look. Through here--

  This is arabidopsis from fore. I've got our normal batch here
  for reference. Look closely at the cells, the pink areas.

Adeyemi:

  Is it... spinning? What is that?

Idjani:

  That's the cytoplasm, the goo inside the cell. Or it should be,
  but this stuff is acting totally foreign. It should be giving
  the cell its strength and shape but it's acting
  like--[censored]. It's like if a glass of water rose up out of
  the cup and grabbed your hand. There's no explanation I can
  figure out.

Adeyemi:

  Jerome doesn't think it's dangerous?

Idjani:

  Jerome thinks another mouth to feed is more dangerous than some
  bad spinach. He's not wrong, either. We need to salvage the
  greens for ourselves if we're going to make it to landfall.

Adeyemi:

  I'm not eating your magic water plants, Moussa. Figure something
  else out. Can't we tap into rear-botany reserves? We don't need
  much.

Idjani:

  Ugh, that would make things easier. No-- The captain sealed it
  up until we can figure out what happened here. If we risk
  exposure to the reserves--

Adeyemi:

  No food for anyone.

Idjani:

  No go. So I've got to figure this out, but I--

  [sotto voce] I've got no clue what I'm doing, Prezzi. This is
  not my field. You've got more background than me on this. And
  we've got a crew full of experts sitting in ice cubes just 30
  meters behind me.

[Voice detected: Jerome Somerset Pasani, Warrant Master, via COMM]

Pasani COMM:

  Prezzi, can you swing by and check on Doc before flex?

Adeyemi:

  Already on it, sir. He's getting to the bottom of this. He's
  walking me through the slides now.

Pasani COMM:

  Very-well. Keep me informed when it's cracked. Pasani out.

Idjani:

  When?

Adeyemi:

  You'll get this, Moussa.

  What are you looking at now? The pink parts?

Idjani:

  That spinning pulse, the cyclosis. There's a pattern to it.
  I thought it might give us a clue. Is it environmental? Is it
  related to the protein sequences coming from the DNA patch? This
  one matches Simms. Is that important?

Adeyemi:

  So you'll record it?

Idjani:

  No, I did that already and ran it through the limited data we
  have on file without any matches. I think it's because I'm
  looking too small. I mean, we can only see the cytoplasm when
  looking at individual cells under a microscope, but they're all
  doing this. Every cell in this thing is doing a dance we can't
  see, all at once, and all in sync. If I could figure out a way
  to see the whole picture--

Adeyemi:

  So, what then. Take a bunch of samples and look at them apart
  and try to piece it together? That'll take forever.

Idjani:

  I was thinking I'd try the other way. If they're all in sync,
  does that mean that the cytoplasm is communicating? If I can
  change it here, give it a shove, what happens to the other
  cells? There's no way for this stuff to communicate. It's mostly
  just water and proteins with some microtubules and filaments in
  there.

Adeyemi:

  Where's the logic? If there's nothing to communicate then the
  behavior must be inherent in all of it.

  Regardless, does this mean it's inedible? Not that I want it.
  But if it's not going to hurt us then I don't see the risk in
  eating from the other bay.

Idjani:

  Don't need to convince me.

  I'll get back to it.

Adeyemi:

  The path is walked by steps, Moussa. Blessings.

Idjani:

  Blessings, Seriph.

[Detected exit of Prezzi Adeymei from botany bay]

  [sotto voce] Back to [unintelligible]

  Now, where were we, my lovely little thing. Yes, that's right.

  This is Doctor Moussa Idjani, beginning investigation. Dye
  markers are set and I've got a good contrast showing on the
  display. Alright, I'm attempting to instigate a change in
  cyclosis through ultrasonic induction of the sample.

  [sotto voce] That's strange.

  I'll just touch the lead to [unintelligible]

[SYSTEM ALERT INITIATED - BIOLOGICAL CONTAINMENT BREACH]

  [sotto voce] My stars--It knows

  Comm, initiate call--

[COMM QUERY ACTIVATED]

Idjani COMM:

  All hands, we [unintelligible]

  [static recorded for 3:15]

  [soto voce] we grow [unintelligible]

  [static recorded for 1:11]

[Voice detected: Eva Hämäläinen, Navigation Specialist]

Hämäläinen:

  Doct--[unintelligible screaming]

[Voice recording terminated]