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The '''DNA Resequencer''', also called the '''Genetic manipulation device'''', is a device that can alter the [[DNA]] of any human. People that had been "resequenced" could have genetic diseases cured or reach an [[Near ascension|ultra-extreme state of human advancement]], granting them what appeared to be superhuman powers provided the operator knew how to create such effects. It is unknown exactly how powerful the device can make a person as it has never been seen used by an expert on the technology, however as it seems capable of altering any DNA, it is likely it can reach the absolute limit of human ability. {{Cite|SG1|Metamorphosis}}
 
The '''DNA Resequencer''', also called the '''Genetic manipulation device'''', is a device that can alter the [[DNA]] of any human. People that had been "resequenced" could have genetic diseases cured or reach an [[Near ascension|ultra-extreme state of human advancement]], granting them what appeared to be superhuman powers provided the operator knew how to create such effects. It is unknown exactly how powerful the device can make a person as it has never been seen used by an expert on the technology, however as it seems capable of altering any DNA, it is likely it can reach the absolute limit of human ability. {{Cite|SG1|Metamorphosis}}
   
The device was used almost solely by the [[Goa'uld]] after it's original use by the [[Ancient]]s to assist them in [[Ascension]]. The Goa'uld were attempting to use the machine to create humans with [[Near ascension|superpowers]] to take as hosts. A human in this advanced state is known as a "[[Hok'tar]]" (a [[Goa'uld]] slang combination of the words "hok" meaning advanced and "tau" meaning human). The Goa'uld were shown using the technology, however, they did not develop the technology. [[Samantha Carter]] hypothesized, and it was later confirmed, that it was technology built by the [[Ancient]]s as its holographic display contains [[Ancient language|Ancient writing]]. Carter's theory was later proven when a replica of the device was used by [[Anubis]], who obtained this technology from the [[Ancient]] knowledge he received when [[Oma Desala]] helped him to [[Ascension|ascend]]. {{Cite|SG1|Metamorphosis|Prototype|Rite of Passage|Full Circle|Threads}}
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The device was used almost solely by the [[Goa'uld]] after it's original use by the [[Ancients]] to assist them in [[Ascension]]. The Goa'uld were attempting to use the machine to create humans with [[Near ascension|superpowers]] to take as hosts. A human in this advanced state is known as a "[[Hok'tar]]" (a [[Goa'uld]] slang combination of the words "hok" meaning advanced and "tau" meaning human). The Goa'uld were shown using the technology, however, they did not develop the technology. [[Samantha Carter]] hypothesized, and it was later confirmed, that it was technology built by the [[Ancient]]s as it's holographic display contains [[Ancient language|Ancient writing]].<ref name="Meta Transcript">{{Cite web|url=http://media.dave.tv/sites/stargatesg1/screenplays/s06e16.PDF| title= Screenplay of Metamorphosis |accessdate=2006-05-09}}</ref> Carter's theory was later proven when a replica of the device was used by [[Anubis]], who obtained this technology from the [[Ancient]] knowledge he received when [[Oma Desala]] helped him to [[Ascension|ascend]]. {{Cite|SG1|Metamorphosis|Prototype|Rite of Passage|Full Circle|Threads}}
   
The device worked by altering a subject's [[DNA]] to any given form, which can do anything from increasing their [[brain]] activity from roughly 10% up to 90% or programming them to disintegrate after a set time depending on the wishes of the user and their understanding of the technology. After [[Jonas Quinn]] used the device, a tumor developed in his brain, which consisted of neurons which were five times more densely packed than normal. Depending on the length of time for which the machine was used, various people (solely due to the increased brain functionality), were shown to have [[Near ascension]] abilities such as [[telekinesis]] and [[telepathy]], super-human senses and strength, supernatural health and self healing, perfect memory, and the power to heal by touch. [[Ascension|Ascended beings]] possessed similar supernatural abilities of the same order but in far more extreme magnitudes and proficiency. Through extreme evolution, such as that provided by the DNA Resequencer, a being could gradually acquire Ascended powers until genuinely Ascending themselves if this was the programming entered by the operator. This solidified the idea that [[Ascension]] was the evolutionary target of life. This also indicated that many of the [[Ancient]]s may have possessed the abilities granted by the DNA Resequencer and many may have used it to ascend rather than natural evolution. {{Cite|SG1|Maternal Instinct|Metamorphosis|Prophecy|Prototype|Frozen|The Fourth Horseman, Part 2}}
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The device worked by altering a subject's [[DNA]] to any given form, which can do anything from increasing their [[brain]] activity from roughly 10% up to 90% or programming them to disintegrate after a set time depending on the wishes of the user and their understanding of the technology. After [[Jonas Quinn]] used the device, a tumor developed in his brain, which consisted of [[neuron]]s which were five times more densely packed than normal. Depending on the length of time for which the machine was used, various people (solely due to the increased brain functionality), were shown to have [[Near ascension]] abilities such as [[telekinesis]] and [[telepathy]], super-human senses and strength, supernatural health and self healing, perfect memory, and the power to heal by touch. [[Ascension|Ascended beings]] (spiritual, god-like beings living on a "higher plane of existence"), possessed similar supernatural abilities of the same order but in far more extreme magnitudes and proficiency. Through extreme evolution, such as that provided by the DNA Resequencer, a being could gradually acquire Ascended powers until genuinely Ascending themselves if this was the programming entered by the operator. This solidified the idea that [[Ascension]] was the evolutionary target of life. This also indicated that many of the [[Ancient]]s may have possessed the abilities granted by the DNA Resequencer and many may have used it to ascend rather than natural evolution. {{Cite|SG1|Maternal Instinct|Metamorphosis|Prophecy|Prototype|Frozen|The Fourth Horseman, Part 2}}
   
 
==Technological uses==
 
==Technological uses==
The DNA resequencer has various uses. The device is shown to scan a subject's physiology and [[DNA]] and then change it, allowing it to perform a multitude of tasks, both beneficial and harmful. Among other uses, the device was stated or shown to advance people's development, increase their neurological capabilities and improve their health. The [[Goa'uld]] [[Nirrti]], also used the device to make people into biological time bombs. The main purpose, however, has been to advance humans, granting them extraordinary abilities and eventually [[ascension]].
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The DNA resequencer has various uses. The device is shown to scan a subject's physiology and [[DNA]] and then change it, allowing it to perform a multitude of tasks, both beneficial and harmful. Among other uses, the device was stated or shown to advance people's development, increase their neurological capabilities and improve their health. The [[Goa'uld]] [[Nirrti]], also used the device to make people into biological time bombs. The main purpose, however, has been to advance humans, granting them extraordinary abilities and eventually [[Ascension|ascension]].
   
 
===Advancing and ascending humans===
 
===Advancing and ascending humans===
The urban legend that the typical human brain is usually between 5 and 10 percent active at any given moment is true. The Ancients, in contrast, were more advanced and had brains that were at least 80-90 percent active. The DNA Resequencer may have been a factor responsible for this. The alterations made by the machine evolve a human (or Ancient) to a state closer to that of [[ascension]]. Before ascension, as the user's brain evolved, their intelligence increased. It has also been shown that the user can obtain supernatural abilities. The machine can give the user increased health and regenerative abilities, a perfect memory, [[telekinesis]] and [[telepathy]], the power to heal by touch, and super human senses and strength. In the case of [[Jonas Quinn]], it gave him [[precognition]]. This may be the reason many, if not all, Ancients had these abilities. Several have demonstrated use of such abilities, but it is not known whether all Ancients possessed them. Once the device evolves someone to a state where their brain is 90% active, they can ascend. Many, if not all, Ancients already had astoundingly high mental capability and were able to ascend without the machine. If all Ancients were capable of ascending without the machine's functionality, the only uses for it would be those listed below. Otherwise, some may have used the machine to ascend. {{Cite|SG1|Frozen|Prophecy|Full Circle|Prototype}}
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The urban legend that the typical human brain is usually between 5 and 10 percent active at any given moment is true. The Ancients, in contrast, were more advanced and had brains that were at least 80-90 percent active. The DNA Resequencer may have been a factor responsible for this. The alterations made by the machine evolve a human (or Ancient) to a state closer to that of [[Ascension|ascension]]. Before ascension, as the user's brain evolved, their intelligence increased. It has also been shown that the user can obtain supernatural abilities. The machine can give the user increased health and regenerative abilities, a perfect memory, [[telekinesis]] and [[telepathy]], the power to heal by touch, and super human senses and strength. In the case of [[Jonas Quinn]], it gave him [[precognition]]. This may be the reason many, if not all, Ancients had these abilities. Several have demonstrated use of such abilities, but it is not known whether all Ancients possessed them. Once the device evolves someone to a state where their brain is 90% active, they can ascend. Many, if not all, Ancients already had astoundingly high mental capability and were able to ascend without the machine. If all Ancients were capable of ascending without the machine's functionality, the only uses for it would be those listed below. Otherwise, some may have used the machine to ascend. {{Cite|SG1|Frozen|Prophecy|Full Circle|Prototype}}
   
 
===Other uses===
 
===Other uses===
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==Anubis's use==
 
==Anubis's use==
On the planet [[P3X-584]], a second device was discovered in a lab comprised of Ancient architecture, by SG-1 with an advanced Human/Goa'uld-Hybrid clone of Anubis, [[Khalek]]. There it seemed that Anubis produced a clone with virtually every characteristic of himself, even his personality and memories. Anubis then used the DNA resequencer to give Khalek extremely advanced human abilities.
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On the planet [[P3X-584]], a second device was discovered in a lab comprised of Ancient architecture, by SG-1 with an advanced Human/Goa'uld-hybrid clone of Anubis, [[Khalek]]. There it seemed that Anubis produced a clone with virtually every characteristic of himself, even his personality and memories. Anubis then used the DNA resequencer to give Khalek extremely advanced human abilities.
   
It is unclear why Anubis created Khalek or whether he intended for him to ascend. The most plausible explanation came from [[Teal'c]] who commented that Anubis may have been trying to create a servant even more powerful than the [[Kull Warrior]]s. However, if this were the case, it would have made little logical sense to give him the personality traits of Anubis as he would probably have been disloyal and evil (this is the opposite of the perfectly programmed [[Kull Warrior]]s). Nevertheless, Khalek was so advanced and powerful that the Tau’ri were worried that he could ascend at any moment. After Khalek was found by SG-1 in the lab, he was captured and taken prisoner in the [[Stargate Command|SGC]]. Extreme security measures were taken to prevent him from escaping. Guards were posted, force fields were erected, and a component of the DNA Resequencer was hooked up to monitor his physiology. The component, which Colonel Mitchel called the "ascendometer", was capable of displaying a subject's brain activity on a screen. Eventually Khalek attempted to escape causing damage to the SGC and killing several guards. However, he was killed in the attempt despite using many powers the DNA Resequencer gave him. Despite all his powers, the writers clearly did not make him invincible. The DNA Resequencer used to advance Khalek was captured by earth. They later used information gathered on the device and on Khalek to create a weapon to fight the [[Prior]]s; an ultrasonic pulse which disables a Prior's abilities.{{Cite|SG1|Evolution, Part 1|Evolution, Part 2|Prototype|The Fourth Horseman, Part 1}}
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It is unclear why Anubis created Khalek or whether he intended for him to ascend. The most plausible explanation came from [[Teal'c]] who commented that Anubis may have been trying to create a servant even more powerful than the [[Kull Warrior]]s. However if this were the case, it would have made little logical sense to give him the personality traits of Anubis as he would probably have been disloyal and evil (this is the opposite of the perfectly programmed [[Kull Warrior]]s). Nevertheless, Khalek was so advanced and powerful that the Tau’ri were worried that he could ascend at any moment. After Khalek was found by SG-1 in the lab, he was captured and taken prisoner in the [[Stargate Command|SGC]]. Extreme security measures were taken to prevent him from escaping. Guards were posted, force fields were erected, and a component of the DNA Resequencer was hooked up to monitor his physiology. The component, which Colonel Mitchel called the "ascendometer", was capable of displaying a subject's brain activity on a screen. Eventually Khalek attempted to escape causing damage to the SGC and killing several guards. However, he was killed in the attempt despite using many powers the DNA Resequencer gave him. Despite all his powers, the writers clearly did not make him invincible. The DNA Resequencer used to advance Khalek was captured by earth. They later used information gathered on the device and on Khalek to create a weapon to fight the [[Prior]]s; an ultrasonic pulse which disables a Prior's abilities.{{Cite|SG1|Evolution, Part 1|Evolution, Part 2|Prototype|The Fourth Horseman, Part 1}}
   
 
==Atlantis Variant==
 
==Atlantis Variant==
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==Comparison with other concepts==
 
==Comparison with other concepts==
The [[Prior]]s of the [[Ori]] demonstrate [[Near ascension|extraordinary abilities]]. The reason Priors possess their powers is the same reason that users of the DNA Resequencer have their abilities; highly upgraded physiology, particularly neurology. Priors are far more advanced than ordinary humans and are implied to be able use far more than 10 percent of their brains. The neurology of Priors and DNA Resequencer users were similar enough that Samantha Carter, Doctor Lee, and other scientists were able to use data on Khalek and the DNA Resequencer to create a weapon to disable a Prior's abilities. Despite the physiological similarities between the Priors and DNA Resequencer users, most Priors are not upgraded by technology. The Ori themselves can actually turn a human into a [[Prior]] almost instantly without the aid of any (visible) technology, though [[Adria's pendant]] is also able to give people these abilities. {{Cite|SG1|Avalon, Part 2|Origin|The Fourth Horseman, Part 1|The Fourth Horseman, Part 2}}
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The [[Prior]]s of the [[Ori]] demonstrate [[Near ascension|extraordinary abilities]]. The reason Priors possess their powers is the same reason that users of the DNA Resequencer have their abilities; highly upgraded physiology, particularly neurology. Priors are far more advanced than ordinary humans and are implied to be able use far more than 10 percent of their brains. The neurology of Priors and DNA Resequencer users were similar enough that Samantha Carter, Doctor Lee, and other scientists were able to use data on Khalek and the DNA Resequencer to create a weapon to disable a Prior's abilities. Despite the physiological similarities between the Priors and DNA Resequencer users, most Priors are not upgraded by technology. The Ori themselves can actually turn a human into a Prior almost instantly without the aid of any (visible) technology, though [[Adria's pendant]] is also able to give people these abilities. {{Cite|SG1|Avalon, Part 2|Origin|The Fourth Horseman, Part 1|The Fourth Horseman, Part 2}}
   
 
The Prior's abilities seem to be amplified by their staffs, whereas DNA Resequencer user's abilities are purely biological. It is unclear how much of the Prior's abilities are biological as opposed to technological. Many of their more advanced abilities, the ones that surpass DNA Resequencer users, appear to emanate from their staffs. For example, when a Prior induces a healing wave, the wave appears to originate from his staff. {{Cite|SG1|Avalon, Part 2|The Powers That Be|The Fourth Horseman, Part 1|The Fourth Horseman, Part 2}}
 
The Prior's abilities seem to be amplified by their staffs, whereas DNA Resequencer user's abilities are purely biological. It is unclear how much of the Prior's abilities are biological as opposed to technological. Many of their more advanced abilities, the ones that surpass DNA Resequencer users, appear to emanate from their staffs. For example, when a Prior induces a healing wave, the wave appears to originate from his staff. {{Cite|SG1|Avalon, Part 2|The Powers That Be|The Fourth Horseman, Part 1|The Fourth Horseman, Part 2}}
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