Clone.

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Clones. That's all I can say.

Submitted: March 19, 2012

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Submitted: March 19, 2012

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The moment one learns English, complications start to set in. That thought will always ring throughout my mind. It all started July 4, the year after President Romney’s assassination, in 2016. The first human clone was born three years earlier, after the laws were passed to enable that to happen. The clone, a boy, was named Primus, the Latin word for ‘first.' The clone, aging and developing normally, was suddenly struck by an unknown disease, causing him extreme discomfort and pain throughout his body, working fast, it caused his death at age three, on Independence Day. 

This lead to a large number of protests outside of the Phelps Laboratories in Atlanta, Georgia, and later the death of the lead scientist, Dr. Leroy Phelps, the developer of several cloning techniques, as well as the leading techniques in stem cell research. 

After Dr. Phelps’s death, his partner and CO-developer Dr. Rodney McQuisten took his place, and started to research the disease that had killed Primus, looking for it’s origins and it’s patterns. When he found out more about it, he started to learn and understand more about the particular strain of virus that Primus had developed. He learned that what Primus had contracted had not been caught, but it had been growing inside of his body. The virus itself, a small single celled organism, moved from cell to cell, destroying each ribosome. That caused the cells to die, and they were no longer able to multiply and reproduce. Working at an incredibly fast rate, the virus, appropriately named, Infectorum de Corpus, the Latin words for ‘Killer of Body,' killed the boy within twenty-four hours. It’s cause was due to a chemical reaction when the man made embryo entered a foreign womb. Usually, the ova would be fertilized by a human sperm cell, but in a cloning procedure, the ova was treated to a series of electrical pulses, causing it to react in a way similar to fertilization, enabling the embryo to grow and be birthed from a surrogate mother.

Dr. McQuisten died the year 2034 at the age of eighty-four. His research had been successful, after he had created a safe vaccination an immunization for the virus, which lead to the next human cloning project. The newborn, who had been cloned from an infant only three months old was of course named Secundo, the Latin word for ‘second.’ After being given the vaccinations, which had been tested on animal clones using the Phelps/McQuisten technique, the clone started to grow and develop in a safe, natural way. 

Many people however saw Secundo as being an abomination, moreover a disgrace. Living in Phelps Laboratories, he had a room he could play and sleep in, and a dining room in which his supervisors, highly trained psychologists and nurses could feed him homemade meals and watch his interactions. When he reached the age of five, he did not speak, however his second half, only a year older, could speak normally. As Secundo approached the age ten, his doctors and supervisors noticed several signs of depression and anger, Concerned about his health, they prescribed medications to help him control his anger, but his attitude only became progressively worse. 

One instance of his anger was when his main supervisor, Patricia, tried to give him his meal, he poked his fork towards his vegetables and shook his head, frowning and sticking out his tongue. Being nine, a normal human would be past childish gestures like this, and would simply tell her their response. Patricia, impatient and tired,  told him to just deal with it and eat his meal, was suddenly struck in the stomach by the young boy. After the altercation, Patricia had noted his strength, and how it had felt as though she had been punched by a grown man, not a nine year old boy. 

Several tests followed this event, testing Secundo’s strength and endurance. He was able to lift sixty pounds in each hand, and could run a mile in less than six minutes. His doctors were appalled that someone of his size and stature could accomplish such tasks, and began to worry that a constant rate of this growth could result in many more health issues, as well as containment issues.

Little did they know that this was only the beginning...


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