First developed by the GeneTEK megacorp in the Jovian League golden age, the Cryptokey geneline was additional to the male and female genome involved in ordinary sexual reproduction.
Without the additional cryptokey chromosomes, (which disappear by autolysis during the development of the embryo but before birth) the copyrighted organism would not be viable, and so even if a breeding pair were acquired by a rival corporation or nation state the geneline could not reproduce.
This mechanism was refined by the Genen (thousands of years later) into a third sex, the so-called Keymale, which contributed the 'key' chromosomes in any act of fertilisation, which are conveyed in a reduced, virus-like spermcel. Keymales are rare; often a population has fewer than one keymale for every hundred individuals.
When it is necessary for the keymale population to increase, the keymale will release normal-sized sperm, which will produce a single keymale offspring. Keymales are protected by numerous bodyguards to prevent genetic piracy.
- Cryptography - Text by Anders Sandberg
The art of creating and using cryptosystems. A cryptosystem (or cipher system) is a method of disguising messages so that only certain people can see through the disguise, e.g, encryption. Cryptanalysis is the art of breaking cryptosystems - seeing through the disguise even when you're not supposed to be able to. Cryptology is the study of both cryptography and cryptanalysis. Very popular in the Cyberian worlds, where there is an obsession with personal privacy.
- Encryption - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
A procedure to ensure privacy by keeping information hidden from anyone for whom it is not intended. Developed to a fine art among the Cyberians.
- Genetic Encryption
- Reproductive Counselors
- Reproductive Technologies
Text by Steve Bowers
Initially published on 13 February 2003.