This is just a quick side-story for COI Redux-verse. More background material for the main COI Redux story, but it does have major implications later on in the plot.
Title: Confidential Report on the Genetic Origins of Jenova
Beta: none, rough draft
Fandom: Compilation of FF7; post-Advent Children AU
Type: oneshot; side story
Disclaimer: Final Fantasy VII and all related prequels, sequels, and works belong to Square-Enix.
Summary: An internal Shinra research report on the genetic origins of Jenova.
-- "Conflicts of Interest Redux" is a MASSIVE rewrite of my old FF7 epic "Conflicts of Interest", which I started years before the "Compilation of Final Fantasy VII" existed.
-- The original game and Advent Children/Complete are canon for this fic.
-- Before Crisis and Crisis Core are semi-canon.
-- Various individual plot points from other components of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII (e.g., games, OVAs, FFVII novellas and short stories, etc.) may show up.
-- The additional Turk characters that show up in this fic are based on the available player characters for "Before Crisis".
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST Redux
A Final Fantasy VII fanfic by Madamhydra
Confidential Report on the Genetic Origins of Jenova
[ cover letter attached to report ]
To: Dr. Gast (Icicle Inn, Northern Continent)
From: anonymous sender
Dear Dr. Gast,
I hope you're doing well on your post-retirement travels and research. Cosmo Canyon sounds like a fascinating place to study. Many of your former colleagues and subordinates miss your steadying presence in the Science Department. After Hojo's appointment as the new head of the department, the feel of the place has changed dramatically, and not for the better.
Knowing your interest in the background of the Jenova specimen, I'm sending you this recent report from the people over in the Genetics Division. Although not particularly relevant to my own work, I hope you find it useful and enlightening.
Report on Genetic Origin of Jenova
Date: Day__, Month__, 1984
To: Dr. Hojo, Head of Science Department
From: Genetics Division
This is a summary of our findings with respect to a detailed genetic analysis of the Jenova specimen.
In 1959, your predecessor, Dr. Gast, discovered the lifeform later named as Jenova in the Northern Crater and identified the specimen as an Ancient (i.e., Cetra). Eight years later, the Jenova specimen was transferred to Nibelheim for additional study.
In the 1970's, the Shinra Corporation initiated the Jenova Project, with the primary purpose of combining human and Jenova genes to produce human-Cetra hybrids with significantly enhanced physical, mental, and psychic abilities. Two differing approaches were tested, resulting in Sephiroth (Project S, led by yourself) and Genesis/Angeal (Project G, led by Hollander).
However, as work on the Jenova Project continued, several researchers began to question the true nature of the Jenova specimen. In particular, Dr. Gast, had second thoughts about his initial identification of Jenova as an Ancient, and went so far as to suggest that Jenova could be an extraterrestrial entity and not native to this world. Gast left Shinra in 1980, ostensibly to retire, but in reality, he continued to privately pursue his interest in Jenova and the Ancients.
The debate as to whether the specimen known as Jenova is either an Ancient or some sort of space alien persisted even after Gast's departure. The standard physiological and cellular examinations of the specimen yielded inconclusive results.
An accurate and definitive identification as to the true nature of Jenova has become critical, as it will significantly affect the direction and goals of any further Jenova-related research, especially the Jenova Project and its sub-projects.
Therefore, on direct orders of the President, the Genetics Division of Shinra's Science Department has undertaken a detailed genetic analysis of Jenova's DNA to resolve this issue.
Results of Genetic Analysis
Upon extensive investigation, it has been determined that the all cells within the Jenova specimen (i.e., "J-cells") actually contain three distinct types of DNA.
The first type (aka "C-type") shares a significant number of gene sequences and markers with present day humans. However, there are also numerous differences, which would indicate that C is either an extinct subspecies and/or a distant ancestor of present day humans.
The second type (aka "X-type") is viral in nature. While aggressively compatible with the DNA of present day humans, it appears to be unique -- i.e., it has no discernible connections or analogues to any known living or extinct organism on this planet.
The third type of DNA (aka "J-type") is recombinant DNA resulting from a fusion of C-type and X-type DNA.
This recombinant J-type DNA makes up the bulk of the Jenova specimen's DNA, while the amounts of pure C-type and pure X-type are extremely low. The exact ratios of the three DNA types vary significantly depending on the sample location within the Jenova specimen.
Since it has been long rumored that present day humanity is related to, or descended from, the Ancients, it is a reasonable hypothesis that the C-type DNA comes from an Ancient. This might explain the general humanoid female appearance of Jenova.
Similarly, the X-type DNA, being highly distinct from our planet's known ecosystem, may be reasonably called "extraterrestrial" or "alien" in origin.
Therefore, although not fully supported by scientific evidence, it is the conclusion of this department that the Jenova specimen found by Dr. Gast in the Northern Crater is neither an Ancient, nor an alien creature, but rather a fusion of both.
Furthermore, given the aggressive viral nature of the X-type DNA, it is highly likely that the specimen known as Jenova is in fact an Ancient "C" who was infected by an unknown alien virus "X".
Implications for Further Research
As previously discussed, one of the original goals of the Jenova Project was to produce human-Ancient hybrids with the psychic powers of the Ancients.
Unfortunately, the presence of contaminating alien DNA makes Jenova unsuitable as a starting point for producing a true human-Ancient hybrid.
Therefore, in order to fulfill the initially established goal of the Jenova Project (i.e., producing a human-Ancient hybrid capable of locating "The Promised Land"), acquisition of an uncontaminated source of Ancient DNA is strongly recommended.
However, given the preliminary results from Projects S and G (especially with respect to improvements in physical and other combat-related abilities), experimentation with the J-cells holds considerable potential with respect to the development in the area of bioweapons -- in particular, the modification of humans to produce bioaugmented combatants for military applications.
[ name illegible ], Genetics Division
[ handwritten comments on report summary page ]
Great to have objective, scientific evidence to back up Ifalna's stories! Some of the things she told me about the "Calamity from the Skies" and the Ancients sounded more like ancient folktales instead of history.
This report only confirms everything she's told me about Jenova and its role in the destruction of the Cetra. My dear Ifalna has tried so hard to keep the Ancients' lore alive, but it's still depressing to think about how much of their history and knowledge has been lost, distorted, or simply made up over the centuries.
Note 1 to self: During next interview session, follow up on Ifalna's comments about different castes in ancient Cetra society.
Note 2 to self: Fetch herbs for Ifalna, which she says will help her morning sickness. Also, milk, kumquats, and chocolate.
[ handwritten note on bloodstained report cover ]
This report and other restricted documents (LEVEL YELLOW access and above) recovered February 27, 1985 from Icicle Inn.
As a former Shinra employee, Gast shouldn't have had access to these documents, so there must be a leak in the Science Department. Dr. Hojo and the Investigation Division (Turks) have been notified and appropriate measures taken.
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