[LMB] Rian's gift to Miles? (A bit of a spoiler relating to Cetaganda)

Desiree Bua tondola at gmail.com
Mon May 8 13:51:16 BST 2006

On 5/7/06, David McMillan <skyefire at skyefire.org> wrote:
> Lucie Tuan wrote:
> > I was re-reading Cetaganda, and this question came upon me.
> > If it has been asked before, I apologize. Couldn't find the answer in
> FAQ:(
> >
> > In Cetaganda, Maz explained that the haut have many little rituals that
> > govern their love/sexual life. Some are very weird, and they are all
> very
> > intense.
> >
> > So there was Rian, giving Miles a long, long lock of her hair. I would
> think
> > that since Cetagandans are so concerned about their genome, giving out a
> > part of their physical tissue that contains their genes would be a
> serious
> > and intense ritual. I can definitely see this little piece fit within
> one of
> > Cetagandan's mating rituals. Since Miles is an outsider and she a
> haut-lady
> > of haut-ladies (and probably already know that she's the next empress by
> > then), there could never be anything between her and Miles, and she
> would
> > know that, yet she still chose to enact this ritualistic action. THEN
> > promised that Miles would see that there is no danger of her forgetting
> him,
> > which in my reading, plainly screamed: prelude!!
> >
>        Welll... last time I checked, I was told (by a reliable source)
> that
> human hair does *not*, in fact, contain useable DNA information.
>        Hmmm.  Google, google, goolge... well!  It appears that this has
> changed recently.
>        http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s1135104.htm

As far as I know, only the roots contain some usable DNA material, so if the
lock Rian cut off is from the end of the hair no problem for the safety of
the haut genome


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