After some arboretum visits Dr. Crusher diagnoses nothing serious, but soon dozens of crew members get behavioral deviations, affecting appetite, memory and emotions. Reg Barclay takes care of Data's cat Spot, who is pregnant like nurse Alyssa Ogawa. Worf first fails testing or diagnosing his new guidance system, so Picard and Data chase a lost torpedo, then bites Deana and turns into an erratic beast due to a bite a sprays venom himself. By the time Picard and Data return, everyone aboard seems mutating and/or molested: the Enterprise has become a 'de-evolution zoo', Data believes by a virus reviving dormant genes from ancestral species. Picard is also infected, causing growing prey-anxiety. Nevertheless he must lure monstrous Worf away so Data can develop a retrovirus from genetic material after finding Spot's kittens remained perfectly feline when ma turned iguana. Written by
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Introns are non-coding gene sequences switched off in an organism's evolutionary history. But outside of that basic fact, the episode's knowledge of introns is sketchy at best. As introns have altered, shuffled and deleted over the eons, the actual effect of switching on these sequences would probably kill an organism. See more
Worf's venom can apparently melt through the floor but it does not dissolve Picard's hand when it spills on to it. See more
[someone or something is banging against the sickbay doors
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
What was that?
Lt. Commander Data
It is large...
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