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ALZ-112 and ALZ-113

Canisters of the ALZ-112 and ALZ-113.

Mr Jacobs, it's Linda from Will's team… Something horrible has happened… Franklin is dead, from a viral infection… He was exposed to the 113… It does something to people that it doesn't do to apes… Mr Jacobs? Mr Jacobs, are you…
— Linda (speaking on the phone)


The Simian Flu, formerly known as ALZ-112 and ALZ-113, was an artificially created retrovirus designed to cure Alzheimer's disease. The brainchild of Dr. Will Rodman of the Gen-Sys Laboratories, the first virus proved a success with ape test subjects by greatly enhancing their intelligence, and managed to temporarily cure Rodman's own father. In order to make the effects permanent in humans, a second, more powerful and contagious strain was created which ultimately proved fatal to humans, leading to the Simian Flu Pandemic and the rise of the Evolved Apes.

HistoryEdit

DevelopmentEdit

ALZ-112Edit

ALZ-112

ALZ-112 was the codename of a viral "cure" for Alzheimer's Disease developed over the course of five-and-a-half years by geneticist Dr. Will Rodman at the Gen-Sys Laboratories. Among the chimp test subjects were Bright Eyes, Lorelei, Chambers, Burke and Verdon. A military-sanctioned "variant" of the drug was administered to Burke and Verdon, the latter of whom was later shot attempting to escape.[1] Bright Eyes displayed the desired results, and was to be exhibited during a board meeting, but was killed by security guards after she became aggressive in defence of her newborn infant, Caesar. Funding for the project was cut as a result, but Will adopted Caesar, who inherited his mother's increased intelligence. Will secretly stole samples of the 112 virus to administer to his father Charles, who was himself an Alzheimer's sufferer. Although Charles' condition initially improved, his body gradually developed antibodies against the virus, and he regressed to his former condition five years later. Desperate to create a stronger strain, Will reported his unauthorized experiments to Gen-Sys head Steven Jacobs, who was impressed enough by Will's testimony to authorize the creation of the "ALZ-113".[2]

Bright Eyes' Eye

One of the side effects of the ALZ-112.

ALZ-113Edit

ALZ-113

During the first trial, the virus was accidentally released onto chimpanzee handler Robert Franklin after the test bonobo Koba, briefly broke out of his restraints and breached one of the viral containers and kicked off Franklin's breathing mask. Although Koba displayed the same increased intelligence possessed by apes subjected to the previous 112 variant, the new virus proved fatal to Franklin. Rodman became aware of Franklin's death, and attempted to halt the tests, but was rebuffed by Jacobs. Unknown to Rodman, Franklin had accidentally sneezed on airline pilot Douglas Hunsiker before dying, thus begining a wave of infections which would later result in a global pandemic. Will had intended to treat his father with the new ALZ-113 formula, but stopped at the last moment - this presumably could have created a second outbreak of the virus among humans. Caesar, who in the meantime had been detained in the San Bruno Primate Shelter, managed to escape his captivity and steal several cannisters containing the virus from Will's house, which he used to increase the intelligence of his cell-mates. He and his followers later escaped the Shelter, precipitating the Monkeygate scandal.[2]

SymptomsEdit

Finger

Douglas Hunsiker's nose bleeding - a symptom of ALZ-113 in humans.

The "ALZ-112" greatly increases the intelligence of non-human primates, and can be inherited by the offspring of infected apes. The only physically notable symptom is the adoption of a green tint in the infected apes' irises.[2] In contrast, the "ALZ-113" is lethal to humans. It is unknown how apes truly resist the effects of the 113, but they were known beforehand to possess amazingly strong immune systems compared to humans. Both Malakai Youmans and Natalia Kosar noted similarities between the way Simian Flu affected humans and Ebola, as both are highly contagious and have hemorrhagic fever as a primary symptom.[3]

As mentioned by Ellie, a survivor of the Simian Flu, humans that were not killed by the virus were genetically immune to the flu or else they would have died long ago so there would be no danger of the pandemic returning.

TriviaEdit

  • 112 was the running time, in minutes, of the original Planet of the Apes movie.
  • Two earlier versions of the script used the name "RT 112", which the producers felt was ludicrous, and "ADV 112" - shorthand for "adenovirus".
  • There is a set photo from the set of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes of a wall with the caption "ALZ-113" in reference of this "cure".
  • Unlike the ALZ-113, the ALZ-112 is not fatal to human.
  • The Simian Flu is comparable to the space virus from Conquest of the Planet of the Apes where every household dog and cat was wiped out, leading to the human desire for pets which led to them taking apes as pets, then as slaves before mankind was all but wiped out by an ape revolution.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (webcomic)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm - The Official Movie Prequel

External LinkEdit

The Simian Flu and You

Planet of the Apes - Chernin Entertainment Series
Planet of the Apes (CE) Movies
Rise of the Planet of the Apes | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes | War of the Planet of the Apes
Main Evolved Ape Characters
Caesar | Koba | Maurice | Blue Eyes | Rocket | Buck | Luca | Cornelia | Ash | Milo | Bright Eyes
Supporting Ape Characters
Alpha | Tinker | Grey | Stone | Andy | Wolfie | Jeanpierre | Koba's Mother | Gorilla Guardian | Sparrow | Lucky | Pope | Dallas | Milo (Firestorm)
Main Human Characters
Will Rodman | Charles Rodman | Caroline Aranha | Malcolm | Ellie | Alexander | Robert Franklin | Steven Jacobs | Dodge Landon | John Landon | Dreyfus | Carver | Foster | Douglas Hunsiker
Supporting Human Characters
Irena | Linda Andersen | Donnie Thompson | Rodney | John Hamil | Alice Hunsiker | Local Guy | Party Girl 1 | Party Girl 2 | Court Clerk | Newspaper Deliverers | Jogger | Zoo Guide | Muir Woods Family | Lab Tech 1 | Dottie | Natalia Kosar | Officer 1 | Rationer | Rita | Sarah | Maddy | John | Edward | Dreyfus' Officer | Roger Mason | Sniper | Tommy | Werner | Northside Officer | Mary | Kempt | Armed Colony Member | Clancy | Colony Member | Corbin | Daniel Nygun | David Flynn | Finney | Kuo | Malakai Youmans | Max (Firestorm) | McVeigh | Roger
Families
Rodman Family | Caesar's Family | Malcolm's Family | Rocket's Family | Dreyfus' Family | Muir Woods Family | Royal Ape Family
Animals
Horse (Animal) | Elk | Grizzly Bear
Items / Weapons
Simian Flu
Important Events / Battles
Ape Rebellion | Human-Ape War | Simian Flu Pandemic | Battle in San Francisco | Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge
Organisations / Colonies / Companies
Caesar's Ape Colony / Caesar's Council of Apes / Caesar's Ape Army | Gen-Sys Board | San Francisco's Human Colony / Dreyfus' Human Army / Malcolm's Group
Locations
West African Jungle | San Francisco | San Francisco Zoo | Gen-Sys Laboratories | Rodman House | San Bruno Primate Shelter | Golden Gate Bridge | Muir Woods Park | Ape Mountain / Ape Gate/ Ape Village / Caesar's Home | Warehouse
Comics and Magazines
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (webcomic) | Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm - The Official Movie Prequel | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Official Movie Novelization | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (BOOM! Studios): Issue 1 / Issue 2 / Issue 3 / Issue 4 / Issue 5 / Issue 6
Soundtracks
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album)

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