Proposals/Human Vaccine

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Human Vaccine

Prerequisities:

The Enemy On Earth (OR The Enemy On Earth (Alternate))

TO: Base Commander, PHALANX, Atlantic Operations Command FROM: Dr. Connor, R&D: Bio & Containment Division, PHALANX, Atlantic Operations Command DATE: %02i %s %i SUB: Proposal: Human Vaccine -- URGENT

Commander,

I won't beat about the bush on this one. Right now we are helpless against XVI. We need to create some kind of defence against it now before the whole planet becomes infected. There can be nothing else as important as this, no other more pressing research priorities. Never mind UFOs and plasma guns; this is the gravest threat humanity has ever faced.

Please, give us your authorisation to begin work right away.

Sincerely, Dr. Connor

Human Vaccine 2

TO: Base Commander, PHALANX, Atlantic Operations Command FROM: Dr. Connor, R&D: Bio & Containment Division, PHALANX, Atlantic Operations Command DATE: %02i %s %i SUB: Re: Human Vaccine -- URGENT

Commander,

Our research has stalled. The XVI organism is too complex and alien, and we understand it too little. We don't have the necessary information to combat or change it. All of our attempts and experiments so far have failed. If we want to have any chance of succesfully creating a vaccine we need more information about the organism and its genetic structure.

Unfortunately, the only place such information is kept is in alien databanks beyond our reach. We need to gain access to this information at any cost. Without it, humanity is doomed to fall.

Right now it seems our only hope lies with something we've only seen very recently in blurry camera footage -- a new type of UFO whose appearance seems to be synonymous with the rapid spread of XVI in the region. We've only caught glimpses, but regardless this UFO type seems to be at the forefront of the aliens' biological warfare operations.

What we need to do is capture one of these UFOs. Immediately. Any cost in lives or money is warranted; it's insignificant compared to the total destruction of the human race. I'll have someone alert you about it as soon as we spot one of these UFOs within our area of operations -- it must be engaged and recovered if we're to have any chance of stopping the infection.

I shudder to think of what might happen if we fail.

Sincerely, Dr. Connor

Significant Victory

Origin:

Special mission success

TO: Base Commander, PHALANX, Atlantic Operations Command FROM: Dr. Connor, R&D: Bio & Containment Division, PHALANX, Atlantic Operations Command DATE: %02i %s %i SUB: A Significant Victory

We've done it!

There has been no rest or sleep for us down in DivBio, so please forgive my diction in this message. I haven't been within sight of a bed in three days. But it was worth it. XVI-H is no longer an uncounterable threat.

Our first order of business was to identify the modus operandi of the organism as it infects a human body. When tinkering with some of the organism gene sequences, it began to lend itself to large and widespread mutations, which is anomalous with the samples we've extracted from active hosts in the pasts. In all parts of a host body, the infection maintains its identical nature. Now, with the information we recovered from the captured Corrupter UFO's databanks, I've managed to figure out how.

Let me stress, these alien files have been nothing short of enlightening. Unfortunately there only seems to be technical data regarding the XVI organism's genetics and the infection process, and nothing else beyond that. We surmise that the aliens in the field either already know the rest or don't need to.

My apologies, I'm drifting off topic.

According to the files, and backed up by our research, the infection -- once it has established itself in the host body -- begins to actively destroy anomalous versions of itself, cross-referencing the makeup of any XVI cells inside the host body to a batch of templates stored in the victim's bone marrow. Interestingly, the bone marrow is the ultimate target of the initial infection, where a number of organisms settle and mutate. After the mutation is finished they serve as breeders and templates for more XVI organisms, which attach themselves directly to new leukocytes created in the infected marrow. The connection is obvious. This is how it bypasses the human immune system. Once the organism penetrates the victim's bone marrow, it's all over but the shouting.

By changing these template cells, we can insert a declawed strain of the organism into an uninfected human body -- a strain that does not enslave the victim to the alien hive mind -- which will then proceed to eliminate any other cell of XVI-H, including the harmful strain straight from the alien source. Unfortunately, we've yet to find a way to alter the templates in an already infected body, as the infection will destroy our vaccine without hesitation.

Massive inoculation programs are already in progress across the UN countries. We should be able to completely halt XVI-H spread in a matter of days. Work continues to try and cure those unfortunate souls who've already fallen victim to the infection -- but I fear it might be some time before we can work that miracle.

Still, we won't give up until we've beaten this bug once and for all!

Sincerely, Dr. Connor

Second Generation Vaccine

Prerequisites:

New wave of alien attacks

TO: Base Commander, PHALANX, Atlantic Operations Command FROM: Dr. Connor, R&D: Bio & Containment Division, PHALANX, Atlantic Operations Command DATE: %02i %s %i SUB: Proposal: Second-Generation Vaccine -- URGENT

Commander,

I'm afraid I have some very bad news.

About six hours ago, we received a number of tissue samples from a human raid on Singapore. The local military drove them off, capturing several specimens alive, and sent the samples directly to us. We just finished putting them through a battery of tests. They've come back with harrowing results.

We've managed to date the XVI-H template cells in the living bone marrow of captured specimens, and some of the templates are only days old. Not only that, but Singapore officials have since dug up genuine vaccination records to go with several of these results. These people could not have been infected before they were given the PHALANX vaccine.

We are currently unsure how this could be possible; nevertheless, there can be no doubt. Somehow the aliens have managed to reengineer the infection to blast right through our vaccine. Gene sequencing has revealed several discrepancies between the XVI-H we know and the new cells recovered from these samples. We are clearly dealing with a new generation of XVI, specifically designed to smash our only defence against this kind of bio-warfare.

Commander, we have to research these discrepancies right away and develop a new vaccine before more people fall prey to the infection. XVI must be stopped at all costs. I recommend we halt all other research until we can put together a second-generation vaccine and get it ready for distribution.

Sincerely, Dr. Connor


TO: Base Commander, PHALANX, Atlantic Operations Command FROM: Dr. Connor, R&D: Bio & Containment Division, PHALANX, Atlantic Operations Command DATE: %02i %s %i SUB: Re: Second-Generation Vaccine

Commander,

(more here)

Sincerely, Dr. Connor

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