A proposal for Transhuman Reproduction in EP: (feedback welcome) By default any two morphs of the same type with the right genders can reproduce just as a normal human does now, their offspring gain the gene tweaks as normal inheritance should dictate, but they do not gain any modifications made to their biology that are did not also alter their gametes, nor do they inherit nanotechnology, robotic, or other non-genetic traits. Thus, two Splicers would be able to reproduce normally to create a new Splicer, but their Mesh Inserts would not be propagated to their offspring. Pods, Synthetics, and Infomorphs are incapable of normal reproduction.
- Exowomb: This piece of medical equipment is the standard way to ensure the best possible chance of an offspring coming to term, and it is similar to a Healing Vat (in fact, some double as Healing Vats too), but the do nothing aside from provide an external womb environment. The relevant tissue samples are extracted from the mother and/or father, and the machine goes on to run through the gestation process. Some models, like those used for Futura production, offer accelerated gestation times, in-utero psychosurgery during development, cloning support, and all of the implant installation capabilities of a Healing Vat. Cost: Expensive, often leased for the time required for gestation [Low/month]
- Random-Lamarck Permutation Algorithm: This technique is the most popular method of reproduction for non-biologicals. This Algorithm can be used to create a derivative offspring of an Ego (the information that makes up a person), regardless of the presence of a body of any sort. There are a number of control parameters which determine what degree the offspring resembles its parent (or parents), which can be set individually by a competent cognitive scientist, AI specialist, or other programmer---though the default settings results in an unguided sexual recombination similar to normal reproduction. The Algorithm may use any number of parents greater than none (by default two), and the contribution from each parent may be weighted by control parameters to make the offspring more or less similar to particular individuals with regards to specific personality traits. The offspring from this process are not fully formed, and require all the same training as any other Ego in order to master its skills. [Would not suggest any mechanics for this process, save that it creates an offspring; causing the weighting process to actually change the stats of the offspring may be appropriate, in some cases] This is an application of normal computing resources, and has no cost. The offspring will require someplace to host them during their training.
- Generic Reproduction Organ Sack (GROS): The basis of Dr. Smithfield's reproductive technologies, the GROS is an unusual modification of the commercially available "fabber" technologies, which is implanted in a morph's body (typically in the abdomen). Given a set of one or more Pseudogametes (see below), the GROS can be instructed to begin the bootstrap of a new organism, complete with robotics, nanotech, and other implants and modifications which are not normally propagated genetically. This process is controlled by a mesh interface with the owners inserts, so it cannot be used without at least some kind of controlling computer (even an ecto). The process takes time and resources dependent upon the Pseudogametes used, but normally the process takes longer than the normal 9 months, due to the requirements for having to fab and bootstrap so many small parts without killing the host organism. The materials required for the GROS to function must be consumed somehow by the host morph, but need not be metabolized (since some exotic materials are deadly toxic, but required to fab the required computer parts). Additionally, the morph must either consume three times more than normal, or have an external power source for the duration of the gestation time, or else the gestation halts (though it is resumable within a year). Offspring from the GROS are only mostly formed, like babies, and require training and additional nutrition/resources to continue growth. Versions of this are available for biological implantation in Biologicals and Pods [Expensive], or with added life support for installation on Synths [Very Expensive]. (a morph which reproduces via a GROS passes that implant along with their Psuedogametes to their offspring, by default)
- Smithfield Pseudogamete: The only original research ever done by Dr. Smithfield, a Pseudogamete is a nanotech reproductive organ. It is a mini-database containing information about its hosts implants, mods, and genetics/design-specs. The designs carried on-board are the same a Blueprints for the same, but the Psuedogamete is designed to permit their incorporation into Asexual (cloning) or Sexual Reproduction via a GROS. When a Pseudogamete is used for reproduction, the user has the option of choosing to bootstrap various parts of the Psuedogamete, effectively deciding which of their implants they want to have their offspring develop in the GROS, choosing if they want to run a Random-Lamarck Permutation Algorithm, and choosing which of the parent's morphs will be dominant. The resulting offspring will have one parent "active", and be of that type of morph, but will inherit all of the implants "enabled" by the parents which are suitable for their morph type (so no robotic armor on a biological, and no organs in a synth). If a PC would like to host themselves in such a body, treat it as normal resleaving into a custom morph (either paying with CP or credits). Regardless of the type created, the offspring will carry with them a database of the Pseudogametes of its parents, even if they were not "enabled" during growth. When they reproduce, include these archived Pseudogametes in the options available for "enabling" and resulting morph type selection. This nanotech organ is controlled via mesh implants or some other computer system. [Expensive] Note: you actually need Blueprints for each part of your morph that you want to include in your Pseudogamete, it won't figure them out for you. So, those of you with a copyright sticker on your reproductive organs are SOL unless you can steal the blueprints from someone.
- Maturation Sheath: A technology from before the Fall, it has seen application in industrial cheese processing, but was re-purposed by Dr. Smithfield to act as a growth facilitating organ for biologicals, pods, and synths which did not have the facilities just to upgrade to a fresh body. A Maturation Sheath is a nanotech organ which serves to allow its user to slowly grow as resources become available (typically over the course of years). Some energy and material input is required, either from fuel stored in the organ itself, or from an external input, but the Sheath will slowly accrete additional "nutrients" to key places on its morph, permitting slow growth over time. For example, a Reaper formed with a GROS would be only a number of inches across, but the Sheath would allow it to grow to full size over time. [Expensive]