CHAPTER 01: Aquatic Denominator [0800 hrs.] May 17, 2014, 01:06:06 AM CHAPTER 01: "Aquatic Denominator"[ USS Theurgy | Main Sickbay | Deck 07 | 0800 hrs. ] Attn: Cathreen Dawinter, Searcher, Nolan (and Brutus)Yesterday had been... interesting.First Theta Eridani IV, then Task Force Archeron, followed the old Chief of Security returning from the dead and an alien spy in their midst. To top it off, Captain Ives had come down to discuss the suggested treatment of Sarresh Morali. The present Medical Officers had run into complications with the original plan, and were left with a single option. An option that did not sit too well with their dear, bleeding heart Captain once Lucan told him. The bloody Chameloid should have been in awe to what they were about to do as far as the Chief Medical Officer was concerned. After all, it had been Ives who had forced their arm in coming up with a treatment plan. Well, perhaps it had something to do with me postponing to tell him the tiny little fact that I had an alien visiting my office. Lucan smiled on the inside as he stood over Sar-unga, who had been drained for two hours already - writhing a bit in the sweet agony he was giving her. He stood there, holding her hand while a robotic arm unit attached to the ceiling held the draining muzzle against her back. She was on a diagnostics table, face down, and Lucan had made sure one of the nurses got her a pillow to rest her head against - allowing her to scream as much as she liked. Lucan was there by her side, making the usual stupid sounds of comfort while he thought of the exchange with the Captain the day before..."Are you saying you cannot restore him as Ash'reem?" Ives asked, being in her female form. "Instead, you are not only going to treat all his injuries, but you are also going to turn him human? Why?" She was looking sternly across the stasis unit upon the biobed, yet Lucan calmly gestured with his tattooed hands as he spoke."Because Ash'reem DNA is not compatible enough with the Velsren sac," Lucan said, pale eyes still where he stood. "The cells rebuild only to a minor degree, meaning that we would need to drain fifteen bags from Sar-unga in order to achieve the level of tissue restoration needed for him to survive. Did I mention how painful the procedure is to Asurians? She will not make it through that. She would die to make Sarresh truly himself again, and the only alternative is that we wait for days, weeks, between each time we drain the fluid from her sac. This is not the time we have if we want the patient on his feet before the Calamity manage to find us again.""I see," said Ives and nodded, yet her whole body language screamed that she was still concerned, "Not taking into account the kind of psychological trauma Lieutenant Morali might go through upon waking up, how are you possibly going to make the ...'blank cells' restore him into a human instead? Would the fluid not try to restore the Ash'reem DNA anyway?""By the same means Sar-unga was able to walk in out midst, Captain," Lucan answered, pacing the circular area as he spoke, "As it happens, while Asurian and Ash'reem are nothing alike... the resemblance between Asurian and Human DNA is equidistant to the resemblance between Human and Ash'reem."There was a pause while Ives considered what was said. "Forgive me if I find that hard to believe, doctor." She folded her arms underneath her breasts. "How can that be possible, especially when we are unlike enough to cause those cells to behave differently?"Spreading his hands as he walked, Lucan smiled. "Have you ever heard of the Aquatic Ape Theory?"A frown. "Yes, it entails that before humans walked on land on Earth, their humanoid ancestors lived in the water. This would explain their lack of hair among other things.""Yes," said Lucan and chuckled, "Now I believe, through our comparative tests today, that it was more than just a 'theory', Captain."Turning his head away from Sar-unga where she suffered at the end of the draining muzzle, Dr. Nicander looked towards Dr. Duv and to Eve, who were at the large view screen at the back of the office. They were both working with the readings from the biobed where upon Lieutenant Morali's stasis unit lay docked. Sorting. Mapping the patient's individual genome. The human genome was mapped before the 20th century, using far cruder technology than on their ship, and the Main Sickbay biobed was also fitted with a genetic resequencer."Do we have a match on human DNA that we can use?" asked Lucan as Nurse Maal passed by, both his hands holding one of Sar-unga's."Yes, doctor," said the young Klingon, "We were able to recover a perfect sample of Lieutenant Rennan Cooper's DNA. It has the best compatibility in terms of body structure and internal organ layout. Doctor Maya is preparing the human DNA for re-sequencing the patient's. The bio-data should be formatted according to your specifications shortly.""Good, go see if Maya is ready. Tell her to come here with the sample once it has been prepared." After Maal left, Lucan turned his opaque eyes back to Sar-unga, still suffering the draining procedure. "One more bag, that's all." Then, his thoughts returned to the conversation with Captain Ives."The only way I can explain the method of the DNA resequencing to you, Captain, is if I compared it to basic numerology. Its nothing like that, but it will serve to illustrate how it will happen.""Please do," said Jien where she stood, hands upon the stasis unit."Let's give Ash'reem DNA the number 150 for its complexity, and human DNA 100. Suppose that the lower the numbers are, the more primal - basic - the DNA becomes. Like an evolutionary timeline starting from zero," said Lucan pacing around the stasis unit as he explained using simplistic terms, "Then, you could easily grasp that at some point - some number - the two genomes are aligned. They might not always be, but given the Aquatic Ape Theory, we could isolate the lowest common denominator. Indeed, we have isolated the DNA - let's say number 17 for sake of reference - in which humans and Ash'reem were roughly alike as creatures. Then, we change the Ash'reem DNA all the way from 18 upwards. Every higher number is altered to the equivalent number in the human genome. As we do, we are making sure to not change anything we shouldn't in terms of the patient's mind.""I see," said Jien, turning to face Nicander fully. "So when this is completed, you will pump him full of the fluids of the Velsren sac and make Sarresh heal on his own?""Yes, but there is no telling how much corrective surgery we have to do to help him recover fully. Time will tell, Captain. All we need is your approval."There was a long silence before the Commanding Officer answered. "Do it. If this is the best way to give him a life worth living, then so be it."Finally, after a long time of draining the Asurian, the robotic arm with its muzzle lifted from her back, the hydraulics announcing the ending of the spinal tap. Lucan quickly produced his medical tricorder. "It is done.... How are you feeling?"