Scp 206 Backup
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Item #: SCP-206

Object Class: Keter Safe (see Addendum)

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-206 is kept in the vapor phase of a liquid nitrogen storage system in specially-made iridium vials. No other biological samples are to be kept in the same room as SCP-206. Iridium containers will be used whenever handling SCP-206. SCP-206 will be destroyed or returned to LN2 storage within 35 hours, as it will burn through iridium containers in 36 hours.

All research protocols involving SCP-206 will take place under BSL-2 conditions. Halon fire-suppression systems will be present in any room involved with research on SCP-206, and laboratory work will preferably be performed by D-Class personnel.

Samples will be destroyed by incineration or exposure to ethylene oxide, except when isolating proteins of interest, for which prolonged irradiation and protocol-specific isolation procedures will be followed. Protocols requiring deviations from the regular SCP require Overseer approval.

The server containing the genome, proteome, and limited transcriptome of SCP-206 will be encrypted by [DATA EXPUNGED] and access limited to Level 4 personnel. Cloning genes or gene fragments from SCP-206 requires Overseer approval, and may require additional containment procedures.

Description: SCP-206 is a facultative anaerobic bacterium discovered on █/██/200█ in the personal laboratory of Dr. █████████████ near ███████████, ██████. Dr. █████████████ had been out of contact for several days, and when colleagues came to investigate they found [DATA EXPUNGED]. A biocontainment task force was dispatched by the Foundation, which recovered SCP-206 from the laboratory and subsequently destroyed the laboratory and terminated all non-Foundation personnel who had observed the scene inside the lab. Media reports blamed the destruction on arson committed by misguided animal-rights activists associated with PETA.

Upon investigation, SCP-206 was found to possess many novel metabolic pathways. Various adverse stimuli will cause sporulation, immediately preceded by the secretion of a number of unique oxidases, which react with the environment to initiate combustion. The oxidases are denatured and consumed in the resulting fire. Once the stimulus is removed, presumably due to fire, the endospores germinate, absorbing nutrients from its charred surroundings. SCP-206 is metabolically inactive while in cryogen storage. However, upon thawing, there is a █% chance that sporulation will occur.

SCP-206 is capable of infecting humans. Most infections are cutaneous and thus localized until the final stages. These lesions respond well to surgical excision. One systemic infection has been associated with SCP-206. Caused by willful disregard of BSL-2 protocols by Dr. S█████, it resulted in the spontaneous combustion of Dr. S█████ approximately █ hours after exposure. The remains of Dr. S█████ were immersed in ethylene oxide and further incinerated before disposal.

The oxidases which SCP-206 produces have many potential uses in industrial and laboratory chemical synthesis, especially in the production of [DATA EXPUNGED]. As such, SCP-206 was contained rather than immediately neutralized.

Note: The highly technical nature of the hazardous research performed by D-class personnel on SCP-206 requires an extended period of training. This makes the usual monthly termination schedule impractical, as nearly as much time would be spent screening and training new D-class technicians as the time said technicians would spend actually working. On █/█/200█, O5-█ authorized quarterly elimination of D-class personnel involved with SCP-206, to be performed on a rotating basis. D-class technicians are told that the research they perform is of utmost importance to their country, and due to its hazardous nature their sentences will be commuted at the end of their three-month stint in the lab. At the end of their three months, D-class personnel are isolated from the rest of the technician pool and terminated as usual. Once per year, all D-class technicians are terminated at once to prevent the growth of a D-class culture.

Addendum: On ██/█/200█, genetic sequencing as an alternative to whole-organism containment was authorized by O5-█. Sequencing was completed on ██/██/200█. Proteomic analysis identified nine novel oxidases, the genes for which were cloned into plasmids and transformed into E. coli K-12. Of the nine, five conferred mild inflammability upon the host cells. Transformation of all five genes produced effects similar to pre-sporulation SCP-206. These oxidases were labeled SCP-206-1 through SCP-206-5. The ability to replicate the gene products and effects of SCP-206 without the organism itself having been confirmed, all samples of SCP-206 were destroyed by immersion in ethylene oxide followed by incineration.