RPC-172

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Registered Phenomena Code: 172

Object Class: Beta-Purple

Hazard Types: Bio-Hazard | Contact Hazard | Electromagnetic Force Hazard

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RPC-172 when placed under a microscope. Note the crystalline outer layer, showing that even the bacteria do not have a protection system from the enzyme.

Containment Protocols: RPC-172 is to be kept in a hermetically sealed container, measuring 1m x 1m x 1m, the container is to be kept at a temperature of 50° C and is to be placed no less than 5m away from any electrical current/source.

The container must not be opened under any circumstance.

In the event of a containment breach, all personnel displaying stage one symptoms must be relayed to the medical ward ASAP. If patients are showing any further stage then stage one they are to be terminated and the corpse is to be incinerated.

Consider any stage 2 and above-infected personnel lost.

Experimentation is to be approved by Level-4 Senior Researchers and above
No experimentation is to take place, refer to incident Foxtrot-3

Description: RPC-172 refers to a bacterium which shows similarities to the "Morgellons Disease".1 RPC-172 is extremely aggressive to all biological matter and incredibly infectious in the correct conditions. Conditions of the bacterium bolster when placed into [DATA EXPUNGED] Note: By order of Global Director, nonessential conditions have been removed to avoid malicious recreation/use of the infected environment.

RPC-172's infection rate seems to have a direct correlation to its exposure to electricity. RPC-172 has 5 identified stages of infection, stage one is the only curable stage. Subjects can take anywhere from 0█ to 1█ hours to progress through any given stage. RPC-172 rapidly disables the nervous system and crystallises the rest of the body, using the blood vessels for transport. The host's life signs cease and the crystals lose form. Any crystal is to be designated as RPC-173-2. Any infected that reach this stage are classed as RPC-172-1. Crystals are coated in a fine layer of the crystallising enzyme and will grow on any biological matter it comes into contact with, leading to the rapid spread of the crystals in urban areas.

Crystals are described to be white, semi-translucent structures similar to the look of quartz, yet more transparent. Their surfaces are shiny due to the thin layer (approx 0.3 mm) of enzyme coating the crystal. Molecular analysis shows the crystal being made out of carbon, in a giant covalent structure that researchers have yet to reproduce in controlled conditions. Further analysis has shown in the presence of electricity, the crystals can up to triple in density, reasons for this change are unknown.

The enzyme appears to reconstruct carbon-based matter into a giant covalent structure identical to that of the crystal it comes from, the process of creation of the enzyme is as of yet unknown.
NOTE: researchers have stipulated it acts as a cocoon environment for a modified version of the bacterium to feed off of the carbon and create it, yet this has not been proven.

RPC-172 was first discovered when a patient was admitted to a medical clinic on ██/██/87, in ██████████, Ohio. Patient-reported major discomfort around the spinal area, X-ray scans revealed crystal-like growths along the spinal cord and part of the brain stem, at this point MST Echo-082 detained the patient and all others in contact, patient lost life signs █ hours after detainment, no others were infected. a sample of the bacterium was extracted and stored during routine blood tests.

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