For all intents and purposes, it was human DNA. There was nothing extraneous in all of the components that it was built from, but somehow, it’s perfection was palpable. You could feel it when you entered the lab. It drew your gaze, that tiny genetic sample. Even if you didn’t know what it was, your attention was drawn to it.
Kosoko Bello had spent hours in the lab, just staring at it. It was Human, there was nothing else there, but the Aggregate Restructuring Karyotype Server had somehow produced something different. Something better. Something luminous. Was this the future we had in store? And had Kosoko made it possible? His head spun.
“God lives again, and we birthed him.”
Kosoko was shaken from his reverie by the voice next to him. He looked down into the face of his mentor. “Be careful Roderick, you sound like a certain madman,” he said with a grin.
Roderick Nahas stood a head and a half shorter than his protege, with a thin sprinkling of white hair and clear, soft brown eyes. He had been Kosoko’s teacher and advisor during his time at the University of Qatar, and had the happy occasion to work with him now at LGRI. He had always known that his student would go on to big accomplishments, but the ARKS had been something much, much more than he had ever anticipated. The thought of what they had created filled him with pride.
“Now that we’ve made it, what do we do with it?” he asked quietly, unable to drag his gaze off of the small sample.
Bello turned to him excitedly. “The medical applications are astonishing. We can retard aging, eliminate disease, even limb regeneration seems like it may be a possibility. Or, we may even be able to grow you some hair back!”
As the two men laughed, a stylized image of a carp appeared in the air in front of them. It turned to them and spoke in a smooth, slightly metallic sounding voice. “Doctors, your presence has been requested in the World Health Organization conference room. There seems to be a troubling outbreak in Trondheim, Norway.”
“Ah, thank you Herman. Could you suspend the sample for us and lock down the lab when we go?”
“But of course, Dr. Bello. I took the liberty of informing the WHO directors that you were on your way. They will all be networked by the time you get there.” The AI’s holographic avatar swam twice in a clockwise circle and disappeared.
“Trondheim?” Roderick furled his brow as he walked through the door. “I’m troubled already. It’s the middle of summer there, and their inoculation programs are some of the best in the world. Anything that could get through around the Norwegian outbreak protocols is something that should concern us all. I hope containment plans are in the works.”
Kosoko followed him out of the lab and into the hallway. “Something may be brewing in Norway that they can’t deal with, but what we have built in that lab with ARKS is more than up to the challenge.” Kosoko put his arm around the older man’s shoulders and grinned widely. “There’s nothing coming out of Trondheim that can hold a candle to it. We’ve built more than a way to improve ourselves, we’ve created humanity’s great evolutionary leap. The future of our entire race is in that lab, and it’s going to be astonishing!”
They walked towards the elevator. “Nothing could dampen my spirits right now!”