• Inspired by episodes:
  • TNG: S2E7 TNG: S2E22 TNG: S4E18 TNG: S7E19 Discovery: S1E4

Tardigrades and T-Cells

Explore xenobiology with a massive range of lab analysis techniques.
  • Inspired by episodes:
  • TNG: S2E7 TNG: S2E22 TNG: S4E18 TNG: S7E19 Discovery: S1E4


From top of the range microscopes, through to chemical analysis and visual imaging techniques, access to the best tools Starfleet has on offer will soon have you specialising in xenobiology sample analysis and identification.


We already have a good understanding of the biology of the carbon-based life forms living on Earth (Sol III) but once we start exploring xenobiology (alien biology) there is a whole lot of weird stuff going on! Tardigrades are one of the most resilient animal species, known to be able to survive extremes of temperature and radiation. On Earth these creatures are small and harmless but could the giant Tarigrades of space hold the secrets to combating diseases or forming biological weapons? T-cells are a part of our natural human immune response when synthetic T-cells are used in the wrong conditions could they infect host DNA and cause the host to start de-evolving? From plants that infect you with deadly viruses through to mysterious aging illnesses and parasites that can transform you into a different species the universe is full of mysterious biological phenomenon. What else could be out there that we haven't discovered yet?


The xenobiology section of the ship has a large number of samples from different xeno collections which have become mixed up. Fortunately we do have detailed descriptions of each of the xenos and know how the samples should behave when different tests are performed on them. Your mission is to run a series of tests on each of the xeno samples and work out which xeno collection they belong to.


Work through the different lab tests for each of the samples and record your results. Compare your results ot the known data about each of the xeno collections and classify the samples.

Activity Background

Microscopes and Imaging Laboratory techniques

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Mission Outcomes

By completing this activity, you can show your Unit Council that you can:
  • Identify similarities and differences between biological samples using a range of images and measurements
  • Use fluoresence as a means of identifying substances
  • Analyse and compare hair and fibre samples
  • Distinguish between different samples based on odour
  • Operate different types of microscopes to examine biological samples
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Get your Starfleet Report Card from this website at the conclusion of the event to summarise your achievements. These accomplishments can be presented to your Unit Council for Project approval and recorded in Terrain to keep track of your progress.