In 2003, researchers at Wayne State University in Detroit definitively confirm previous findings that 99.6% of the most critical DNA markers are identical in human and Bonobo chimpanzee genes, prompting the lead researcher, Morris Hardiman, to declare that Bonobo chimps and humans should be brought together under the same genetic classification, genus Homo.
Recently released documents from the Moscow Archives reveal that in 1925, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, looking to rebuild Russia's labor force after nearly six years of war, gave geneticist Ilya Ivanov a large grant and orders to breed an ape-human hybrid. Two years after this initial request, the Politburo in Moscow instructed the Academy of Science to continue Ivanov's research with the goal of building what it called a "living war machine." The program came at a time when the Soviet Union was embarked on a crusade to turn the world upside down with social engineering. While initial experiments are confirmed to have taken place, the ultimate fate of the program has never been detailed. It is presumed to have been unsuccessful.
The people living in this part of western Africa have a long history of interaction with white Europeans, none of it particularly good. The slave trade which took nearly half the population, all told, only ended about sixty years ago with the end of the war in America. The camp of Russian scientists now working outside of Bissau on the Guinea coast got cooperation more out of fear than respect. They claimed to be working on diseases and fertility, but Malik didn't believe them. They were too secretive. The old man, Ivanov spoke to no one. Malik had been hired to assist them in obtaining chimpanzees from the Congo, and had continued employment with them thanks to his ability to converse with several of the Russians in French.
It was summer, but the sub-Saharan climate was cool at night. Malik had hardly fallen asleep in his cot when the sound of screams floated across the compound. His first thought was an attack. Wild dogs had been a problem lately, but this sounded strange. He couldn't tell if it was a woman screaming or a chimp having one of the tantrums they're known for. He had decided to go investigate, but the sound stopped abruptly as his bare feet hit the dirt floor. Looking outside, he noticed lights on over in the hospital building.