JENOVA is an extremely rare and unique organism, and unfortunately for the ShinRa Underground, has a predetermined amount to be used. With recycling of clones as well as pilfering small remainders of samples from ShinRa, Inc., we have a small amass of JENOVA, about 2 pounds worth of tissue for all clones and studies. It may seem like a great deal, but is very sparse and spread out.
Therefore, the new and experimental section of the science department deals with bioengineering JENOVA DNA from either other DNA or from raw proteins. These two methods are the only in testing now and have actually given some positive results.
One way to make an entirely different DNA is to adjust one type of DNA to match the DNA patterns of the wanted DNA. By adjusting the protein count in certain areas and adding certain acids to help bind with or destroy the unwanted proteins, we can, roughly put, rewrite DNA to match JENOVA's DNA sequence. The current method involves using some of the beasts found around Gaea's Cliff as well as inside the outer area of the Northern Crater, which have been mutated from excessive Mako exposure and JENOVA's presence, making their DNA have portions that are similar to its structure and less of the DNA we would normally change or remove.
This method has proven very successful as giving us JENOVA DNA, but at times proves a difficult, costly, and time-consuming process.
Raw DNA Structuring
Using an electron microscope, we can actually "build" a new DNA structure to that of JENOVA's. This involves using fully-constructed proteins as building blocks to create from the bottom up a strand of DNA matching JENOVA's. We must use parts of JENOVA for this as there are a few quirks in its DNA that simply aren't found in any living tissue on this Planet, save for the savage creatures in the Northern Crater (and even then, it can be very mangled). This process is takes steady hands and a very experienced scientist.
This method is tedious and extremely time-consuming, but tends to lead to near-perfect DNA, or close enough to mutate on its own inside tissue. Because of its nature, this method produces very little tissue, however.
After constructing a full strand sequence in both methods, we use what we call a duplicator. It actually does not duplicate anything, but rather, induces the DNA to attract similar proteins, thereby actually "growing" itself into usable tissue. Sometimes, the result is very little, often filling a 30 mL syringe rather neatly. But even this amount is enough for study.
Using the same machine, the true JENOVA cells can be duplicated, although it frequently does not give much more than we originally put it. The proteins have a difficult time adhering to the true JENOVA cells. We are currently unsure of why this is.
This rather new procedure is still being studied. Updates will be provided as we learn more.