Assimilant DNA or simply A-DNA is an experimental type of mutagenic nucleic acid based off of Grox Superintendent Charr's intergalactic discovery of tampered samples of E-DNA. A-DNA has only been so far used on Hermicee and Grox test subjects, as it's incomplete nature has shown inconsistent results when used on other species.


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A-DNA was based mostly off of the Crogenitor's weaponized E-DNA. While it is not as perfected as E-DNA, A-DNA can still have catastrophic effects on any creature it afflicts. However, since the Grox have yet to perfect A-DNA, it has only been designed to be used on Hermicee and turn them into Assimilant Hermicee.

Like E-DNA, A-DNA dramatically increases the capability of compatible hosts. Assimilant Hermicee have been observed to spontaneously mutate during combat to better suit it's environment. Mutations include, but are not limited to, increased muscle mass, different limbs, and even additional limbs or natural weapons. In addition to the physical changes, A-DNA has even increased the intelligence to a large degree in Hermicee drones. However, this only appears to happen in Hermicee, since it was designed to do so. Enhanced Grox clones that have been exposed to A-DNA did not show any noticeable increase in intelligence.

While there is a degree of randomness, A-DNA appears to increase the speed and efficiency of a host organism's metabolism exponentially. Afflicted cells can divide much faster, meaning damaged tissue can be regenerated in mere moments. As a result of the faster-healing and more resilient cells, Botana infection is still possible, however the process is slowed and much more drawn out than normal. A notable example being Hermicee Overseer Limrip's Botana infection that was only able to grow into some of his chest cavity and right arm. Whether or not a Botana plant can kill an Assimilant creature from the inside or not is not known, as infections have not lasted long enough for conclusive results.


The Grox produced two types of A-DNA. A regular variant which would bond with cloned embryonic Hermicee, and a highly unstable viral variant which could induce spontaneous mutation on already living creatures


Type-I A-DNA is the original variation of A-DNA in it's raw form. It generally only effects embryos and, due to it's unfinished nature, will only successfully induce beneficial mutations on Hermicee specimens. Type-I is non-contagious and cannot be transferred to other creatures. If Type-I A-DNA were to be administered to already matured creatures past embryonic stages of life, the affected creatures often suffer from sporadic mutations and growths from the point of injection. This is due to the infected cells having no possible means of spreading the A-DNA to surrounding cells, instead just multiplying indefinitely, spreading much like a cancer. These symptoms often result in the death of the creature within a few days. Since this variant of A-DNA can only be used on embryonic organisms, it's use is only reserved for use in laboratory experiments or in structures similar to Grox Infection Pods. The pods are identical to the ones used to create Dronox and Insectrox, but are capable of also using Assimilant Hermicee genetic material to clone Assimilant Hermicee as foot soldiers alongside them as well. This usually means that Assimilant Hermicee are used by the Grox in a similar way to the Dronox.


Type-II A-DNA is far less stable and has not seen formal use by the Grox. Unlike Type-I, this variant comes housed inside viral pathogens as a means to distribute the A-DNA. This virus, in high concentrations, appears to be a purple mist that is capable of primary infection to it's host by simply being inhaled. Means of secondary infection are unknown, but it is assumed that direct bodily fluid contact can transfer the virus from primary host to secondary. On a microscopic level, cell infection happens similarly to other viruses, the infectious agents attach themselves to the living cells of a host organism, which then injects the A-DNA into the cell. The cell then begins producing more of the virus, and collapses to release additional viruses into surrounding tissue. The A-DNA, in addition to causing host cells to spread A-DNA, also causes them to replicate and divide repeatedly, using its altered genetic code to create or reorganize host tissue. These changes in genetic code manifest themselves in the form of extreme mutations, much like Type-I A-DNA. However, mutations caused by Type-II A-DNA tend to be far more erratic. This is due to the rapid replication of the Type-II A-DNA virus, which can sometimes result in inconsistent changes in the genetic material. Due to the cells dividing at a high enough speed to visibly witness growth of tissue in mere seconds, the A-DNA will most likely have imperfections in replicated DNA. Type-II A-DNA, though unfinished, was planned to be weaponized and used by Superintendent Charr to infect the Hermicee population on Moneotype. This plan ultimately failed when the Centapedus Empire intervened during the events of Operation: MIDDLEMAN.

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