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 005. Adam and Plasmids
Kay
 Posted: Mar 19 2013, 07:16 PM
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What Is ADAM?

ADAM is the raw form of the unstable stem cells harvested from a type of Sea Slug parasite found in the Atlantic Ocean. It is believed to consist of totipotent stem cells that have the ability to differentiate into any cell type. As revealed in an Audio Diary, ADAM is a viscous, green liquid in its raw form.

The exact date of ADAM's discovery remains murky, although it would have occurred sometime before 1948. It was discovered by Brigid Tenenbaum in a sea slug that had bitten one of Rapture's dock workers and healed his long-crippled hand. However, the sea slugs alone could not provide enough ADAM for experimentation and work, let alone marketing. But when the slug is embedded in the lining of a host's stomach it was discovered that, through regurgitation, they could have twenty to thirty times the yield of usable ADAM.

It can be genetically manipulated to produce cells that would not normally be present in the human body. It acts like a seemingly benign form of cancer, destroying native cells and replacing them with the unstable stem versions. While it is this instability that gives it its amazing properties, it is also what causes the cosmetic and mental damage to people who use it habitually. In the end, the instability of the stem cells means that the user will have to take in more and more ADAM just to remain sane and healthy.
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 Posted: Mar 19 2013, 07:18 PM
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What Are Plasmids?

Plasmids are special serums made from processed ADAM that introduce modified stem cells into the body, allowing for genetic modification and mutation, giving the user what some might call "super powers". Active Plasmids require EVE for use, while passive Plasmids, called Gene Tonics, provide an effect merely by being equipped. Plasmids are powerful, but excessive use of them leads to physical and mental addiction and instability.

EVE is a modified version of ADAM which allows the use of Plasmids. In its liquid form, it glows bright blue and can be seen in the dark. When EVE reaches zero, the use of Plasmids is unavailable to the person.

AERO DASH: Gives the user a temporary speed boost, stunning and damaging enemies who are impacted.
CYCLONE TRAP: Spawns a mini-tornado which flings any Splicer who steps on it into the air.
DECOY: Spawns a ghost that distracts enemies away from the person.
ELECTRO BOLT: Sends charged currents of electricity to stun enemies and electrify water.
ENRAGE: Causes the target to attack anyone in the near vicinity.
GEYSER TRAP: Creates water traps that can be charged with Electro Bolt which toss enemies into the air.
HOUDINI: Allows the user to turn invisible for a short time.
INCINERATE: Ignites enemies and objects in a radius.
INSECT SWARM: Spawns a swarm of bees that continuously attack and distract nearby enemies.
SCOUT: Allows the person to project a "ghost" form from their body which they can control.
SECURITY COMMAND: Tags an enemy causing all nearby Security Devices to target it.
TELEKINESIS: Pulls the targeted object towards the user and allows it to be thrown.
WINTER BLAST: Temporarily freezes the target, allowing them to be shattered.

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