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Planet Ripple- 120- Quadrupel Helix

So yeah.... about this whole "special DNA" thing. 30,000 years isn't a long time. Sure, it seems long to us, but as far as nature's concerned that barely qualifies as a morning stretch. Still, it leaves plenty of time for the more advanced people who lived before the flood to meddle with their own DNA, activating "junk strands" and the results manifesting in their descendants. This will be touched upon later in the story in greater depth. Even Minnow doesn't really understand this.

In today's world, there's a little boy with three DNA strands, and... he has a lot of health problems. This is serious stuff. But who knows? Maybe more kids in the coming years will be born with extra DNA? Maybe things will even out and later examples will have fewer problems? Or maybe I'm just spouting crap.

You'll see what this all means someday. At the moment, though,  it'll just have to be another thing, on top of everything else, that makes Minnow special and mysterious.

That's it for today.

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AgaiLazen's avatar
Okay, so here's a trope that's always been kinda weird to me. Basically the piloting requirements for this new machine, this machine that the navy plans to mass-produce for hundreds if not thousands of soldiers, can only be piloted by Minnow or clones of Minnow. Seems a bit too hyper-specific to be practical in mass production, not to mention this is meant to impress sponsors who will no-doubt notice that very flaw. The biggest advantage of a machine like this is that it's easy to mass-produce with its smaller size, which reduces the resources required to make it, but that goes out the window when only a few select people in the world can even get behind the wheel.
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
There are other people with Minnow's.... quirks. It's just a big ask for someone to give up their arms and legs to pilot a machine like that.
AgaiLazen's avatar
For the limbs, yes, but I don't get how they plan on spinning your DNA to have two extra strands.
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
At this time in their world, humanity is.... changing in several ways. More and more people are being born without their pinky toes, for example. Not everyone has those extra strands, but given enough time they'll become more common. Minnow just happens to be one of those early specimens.

If Minnow proves successful, they'd get the funding to locate other soldiers an' such with these traits. It's just not a program they're willing to fund until it can be demonstrated to be effective.
AgaiLazen's avatar
Ah, I see. Bit more effort but less than building a bigger mech. Reminds me of Space Marines, actually. Heh, Minnow is the first Space Marine.
Parsnipsingularity's avatar
Crazy new evolutions being a side product of human genetic meddling is actually a really good idea.
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
I must emphasize this has nothing to do with her autism.
Parsnipsingularity's avatar
I never implied that autism had a thing to do with it! 

The idea of redundant DNA being activated by alterations in the way we process data is, in a word, preposterous.
Parsnipsingularity's avatar
It's fine, I misinterpret people's comments all the time as well.
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
Well... it's not so much that as autism being the result of experiments or meddling or evolution is an extremely common trope that I don't want to feed.
Parsnipsingularity's avatar
Yeah, most major tropes regarding autistic characters are hot garbage.
Storozhevoy75's avatar
Fascinating, it sounds to me humanity's ancestors before the flood genetically modified the human genome in order to increase overall survivability in their descendants. But it sounds like either the scientists were filling in the gaps with random chromosomes to increase genetic diversity or the "junk strands" are the result of thousands of years worth of mutation outside their projected models.
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
Wow, you drew a lot from that. Amazing.
Storozhevoy75's avatar
Thank you. When you've researched SciFi cultures as much as I have, you tend to learn a few things :).

The Kaminoans in Star Wars experienced a similar cataclysmic event in their history: their world's polar icecaps melted and flooded the planet. Facing extinction, they became obsessed with genetics: casting aside the weak and increasing the survivability of the strong, selective breeding, they even turned to cloning to keep their population from getting too small.

In your story, it looks like humanity took less extremes. Though I am curious that if Minnow's Autism is contributed to having fully developed third and forth strands as the Commander has pointed out: seizures are basically overactive conduits between the brain's right and left hemispheres, in this case previous test pilots might have suffered from information overload. Minnow's Autistic hyper-focus might be what's needed to prevent these seizures: Aspies with this trait are able to block out most distractions and focus on the task at hand.
lordmep's avatar
Oh? Super human?
The captain's an evasive douche bag. While my character Fel might also say something like that, he'd at least openly admit to his own personal interest in the matter.
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
He explains his reasons at the beginning of the second half of the book, but yeah.
MysticD's avatar
You made a typo, it's seizure, not siezure.
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
Oh, whoops! Thank you.
MysticD's avatar
No problem. ^^
Gusindor's avatar
Hmm, interesting... what's the advantage of having more strands of DNA?

I wonder if Hakes could have gotten a better reaction from the doctor if she'd led with the DNA thing, instead of starting with the limbs. Oh well, hindsight is 20/20 I guess.
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
Depending on who you ask, special powers an' shit.
FatherOfMusho's avatar
An interesting take on things.  New headcanon - Minnow is a Starseed.
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