In sick bay, Dr. Phlox, clad in black smock and gloves, confirms that the dead Mottled Alien is a Suliban. "But unless I am mistaken, he is no ordinary Suliban." "Meaning?" Cpt. Quantum asks. "His DNA is Suliban but his anatomy has been altered. Look at this lung," Dr. Phlox says, wetly prying open the Suliban's chest with several forceps and pincers. We get a look at some black cherry Jello. "Five bronchial lobes, you see," Dr. Phlox points out, gleefully. "They should only have three. And look at the alveoli clusters -- they've been modified to process different kinds of atmosphere." Cpt. Quantum looks a bit queasy. "Are you saying he's some kind of a mutant?" he asks. Dr. Phlox tells him that the Suliban's altered anatomy isn't by mistake. "This man was the recipient of some very sophisticated genetic engineering. Watch this," Dr. Phlox tells him, and shines a red light on the Suliban's skin. The doctor turns off the light, and the red light seeps gradually into the skin. "Subcutaneous pigment sacs!" Dr. Phlox announces, and then shines a blue light on the clothing, which does the same slow absorption process. "A bio-mimetic garment. And the eyes are my favorite," the merry medical man says, pulling open a yellow eye to show multiple black dots. "Compound retinas. He most likely saw things even your sensors couldn't detect." Well, you can color me impressed by the inventiveness of the make-up crew. "It's not in their genome," Cpt. Quantum states. Dr. Phlox answers in the negative, telling him the Suliban aren't any more special than humans. "It is very impressive work, though," Dr. Phlox says, surveying the Suliban cadaver. "Never seen anything quite like it!" Cpt. Quantum looks more green than impressed.
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