A press release authorised by Dr. Mackenzie Cooper, Chief Science Officer and Co-Founder Genemech, as provided by Paul Alex Gray
Art by Luke Spooner
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VENUS SPRINGS, NEVADA, October 12th, 2019 /PRWorldWire
Genemech (NYSE: GMNX) today announced a bio-security incident originating in the company’s WN45 facility. WN45 is a classified advanced manufacturing site developing a range of products and technologies used by governments and industry around the world.
Our initial findings confirm that a premeditated act of sabotage has been carried out by a rogue scientist, Dr. Maximilian Benetton. Dr. Benetton led Genemech’s Genetically Enhanced Insecta Applied Research Lab (GEIARL), which uses Clustered-Regularly-Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat (CRISPR) augmentation techniques to implant custom RNA code into genetic material. In a manifesto published online, Give me control of Genemech or my Giant Death Bees shall paint the skies with blood, Dr. Benetton advised that a new strain of genetically modified bees have been released, using enlarged Genemech Batch 2492M GMBee©™ honeybees enhanced with venom from the taipan, a highly venomous snake endemic to Australasia.
At this time, there have been no reports of Giant Death Bee attacks.
Upon confirming the sabotage, Genemech immediately froze Dr. Benetton’s access to the company’s control systems and notified global authorities. Our analysis indicates that approximately 3.4 million bees were created, with 2.9 million passing larval stage. Company logs show that the bees were secretly removed from the facility on October 9th by Dr. Benetton, who has not been seen since. The location of the bees is currently unknown, although our security team analysed logs that suggest Dr. Benetton may be on Isla Salvador, an uninhabited volcanic island in the South Pacific.
“This is a disappointing event for Genemech, a technology company striving to deliver the best outcomes for our planet. I apologize to our customers, investors and the worldwide community for the inconvenience this may cause,” said Chief Science Officer and Co-Founder Mackenzie L. Cooper. “We are currently considering a number of options to neutralise the threat.”
Genemech confirms that GEIARL animals can have latent behavioural and biological capabilities that can only be initiated by use of certain proprietary chemical compounds. It is feasible that Dr. Benetton can activate “breed mode” and “attack mode” commands, similar to our military product lines. This may be achieved through audio signals, olfactory cues, or subtle use of light to activate the chemical compounds.
Genemech has published helpful information on our website to assist citizens of planet Earth determine any risks they may face and provide helpful information on how to respond in the event of an attack. We recommend downloading our app (available from iTunes and Google Play), which will provide warnings if the bees are activated and have been detected in your area. Fundamentally, Genemech recommends avoiding fields and flowers and fleeing any bees that you may encounter. You should remain indoors as much as possible until we confirm the threat has been neutralised. Genemech is offering a discount on our Bee, Wasp, and Scorpion survival kits comprising Bio-Chem insect repellant and double headed fly-swatters. (Visit our site or app to learn more and order.)
Genemech is exploring several workable solutions, including, but not limited to, offering Dr. Benetton a new corner office on the eleventh floor, the immediate release of enhanced T94 “Typhoon” Japanese Hornets, which will seek out and destroy all bees on Earth, or the use of a small-scale tactical nuclear strike on Isla Salvador.
Dr. Cooper said “I’ve instructed my entire team to give this issue their full attention. Building a bio-secure future is what drives Genemech each and every day, and we’ve made significant investments in this space. We recognize we must address this threat, but also strive to be a better company and global citizen. For now, stay inside and try to relax.”
Genemech is a global genetic-engineering company that develops bio-enhanced insects, fish, reptiles, and mammals to help governments, industry, and militaries to achieve more with less. Our products include GMBee©™, the world’s first disease and pesticide resistant bee, and TigerBear-3000™, used by military and police forces worldwide for riot control, general policing, and urban combat.
Founded in 2007 by renowned scientists Dr. Mackenzie L Cooper and Dr. Haruko Takahashi, Genemech is headquartered in Venus Springs, Nevada, and operates or has research facilities in 17 countries in North America, EMEA, and Asia. Its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GMNX.
Twice nominated for the Nobel Prize, Dr. Mackenzie L. Cooper is the world’s leading scientist in genetic augmentation. After completing her second PhD at the age of twenty-three, Dr. Cooper was inspired by the power of nature to develop means to expedite evolution. In 2006, she successfully manufactured a snake-bird hybrid and in 2007, she established Genemech with her co-founder, Dr. Haruko Takahashi. Dr. Cooper is an advocate for using science to make bold changes to improve the world we live in. Outside of work, Dr. Cooper enjoys extreme running, and she has twice won the ultra-distance desert marathon.
Paul Alex Gray enjoys writing linear and interactive fiction starring sentient black holes, wayward sea monsters, curious AIs, and more. His work has been published in Nature Futures, Andromeda Spaceways, The Arcanist, and others. Paul grew up by the beaches of Australia, then traveled the world and now lives in Canada with his wife and two children. On his adventures, Paul has been a startup founder, game designer, and mentor to technology entrepreneurs. Chat with him on Twitter @paulalexgray or visit www.paulalexgray.com.
Luke Spooner, a.k.a. ‘Carrion House,’ currently lives and works in the South of England. Having recently graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a first class degree, he is now a full time illustrator for just about any project that piques his interest. Despite regular forays into children’s books and fairy tales, his true love lies in anything macabre, melancholy, or dark in nature and essence. He believes that the job of putting someone else’s words into a visual form, to accompany and support their text, is a massive responsibility, as well as being something he truly treasures. You can visit his web site at www.carrionhouse.com.
“Genemech Announces Bio-Security Incident and Confirms Release of Giant Death Bees” is © 2018 Paul Alex Gray
Art accompanying story is © 2018 Luke Spooner