Genomics AG is a parent corporation whose main business is holding
informational patents coming from gene sequencing projects of
other companies under its control:
- Transphylum Import Export, Ltd.: a company based in the
UCAS, devoted to isolating genes from various species and making them
useful in different contexts. Despite their name, they mostly seem
to operate within the order Mammalia. Their head office
on the outskirts of Seattle has a number of environments for
their animals, including a “petting zoo” for the
more pettable creatures.
- Pelts, Inc.: grows animal pelts on artificial templates.
They have both animal-shaped templates (in order to produce appropriate
fur patterning) and larger ones (when all you want is the right texture).
They make a point of letting you pet the animal that was the source for
your coonskin cap or mink coat, so you can verify that the animal is
healthy and happy.
- Transplant Technologies, Ltd.: creates transgenic animals
growing human-compatible transplants (qualify as “type O”
organs). The organs are cheaper than human ones, and involve fewer
matters of conscience for the squeamish.
- Critterware, Inc.: creates bioware based on animal
traits. Their flagship product is animal pelts to replace the hair
on your scalp. They also have adapted the feline tapetum and
iris to human eyes (effectively giving low-light vision, using
a different method than just pulling the right genes out of
those directing formation of eyes in Elves or Orks).
- Designer Genes Corporation: based in Tir Tairngire,
specialized in gene therapy (such as suppressing oncogenes, curing
defects like cystic fibrosis, and so on), and doing research into
germ-line therapy that will correct such traits for your children.
Rumors include the possibility of creating a retrovirus that will
turn everybody into elves, that they create designer children to
order, and that they’re creating a new “super-elf” to
out-evolve everyone. They deny all of these.
- Sequence Systems, Inc.: based in California Free State.
Sequence Systems is pushing the envelope on gene sequencing technology,
producing everything from faster, more accurate cell scanners to
making it easier to sequence an entire creature’s genome from
a small sample.
- Biodiversity Repair & Restoration, Inc.: facilities in
the UCAS and the Caribbean League. Engaged in bringing back animals
from extinction and near-extinction. Cynics state that they pick the
animals for useful traits, which they then attempt to keep a monopoly
The runners are invited to a “meet” at the TPIE facility
on the outskirts of Seattle by a woman with very short hair and
very little knowledge of shadow etiquette. (She got the
information on the runners from ???.) After being given a bit
of hush money— “this is how you do non-disclosure agreements
in the shadows, right?”— they are taken on a tour of the
TPIE “petting zoo” and then admitted to a back room
where they have some new creations under wraps: genuine ancient
Egyptian housecats created from DNA in cat mummies, and a baby
woolly mammoth nursing from a normal elephant mother. In person,
the woman’s scalp is a pelt from a silver tabby (that the
runners can meet if they want).
The folks at TPIE have been trying to get their hands on DNA samples
for a number of rare creatures, but the governments preserving them
are charging too high a price. TPIE want to hire the runners to go
out and get samples; they are interested in the Twilight Brigade in
particular because of their reputation for subtlety and non-lethal
Newsleak, the pirate trideo report and Matrix-based magazine,
has heard some interesting dirt and want some bodies exhumed and
closeted skeletons outed... come up with something interesting relating
to Designer Genes Corporation.