The Relic Setting & Symbolism

Lincoln Child
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Packing Material

Whittlesey breaks a jar during his expedition and is forced to replace his packing materials with natural materials within the area. This packing material turns out to be a plant infected with a virus that causes the plant to contain a high level of hormones normally found in the human hypothalamus gland. This plant is a source of both pain relief and nourishment for the Mbwun that haunts the Museum, causing it to kill in order to both relieve its pain in a new way and to obtain access to this material.

Kawakita's Extrapolation Program

Kawakita creates an extrapolation program that can take the DNA of two animals or plants and use logic to come up with a plant or animal that comes between the two, containing elements of both animals or plants. Margo uses this program to discover both the properties of the packing material...

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