Shortly after Francis Crick’s controversial presentation on the relationship between DNA, RNA, proteins, and the “adaptor hypothesis,” an international forum is assembled between scientific delegates from Russia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. Its purpose is to test the function, limits, and adaptability of genetic material. The forum is presented with the same scientific report, and identical cell samples. To avoid bias, the delegates are given a set time period of five years to work independently in whatever capacity or direction they see fit, after which time the forum is scheduled to reconvene to compare notes.