The Enterprise is en route to Star Station India when receive a distress signal from the USS Lantree, a Federation supply ship. When they arrive, they find everyone aboard the Lantree dying of what seems to be old age. They proceed to the Lantree's last port of call, the Darwin genetic research facility on Gagarin IV only to find that they too are suffering from rapid aging. Picard and Dr. Pulaski clash when she brings aboard one of the children from the station and in order to complete her examination, takes him aboard a shuttle craft in order to isolate him from the Enterprise crew. She is soon infected however and seems doomed to die of old age but Picard may have a solution. Written by
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The title is a parody of the term "natural selection" which is the process by which favorable inheritable traits become more common in successive generations and was first defined by Charles Darwin in his book "On the Origin of Species" (1859). See more
The nature of Darwin Station's experiments violate Federation laws regarding genetics, according to Star Trek canon, yet this problem is never mentioned. See more
Commander William T. Riker
[on seeing the dead crew of the USS Lantree
Looks like they had a battle with time.