10

At the end of the movie Bones creates a serum from Khan's blood which he uses to revive Kirk. Do they now have the ability to cure all disease and even short term death? They could start harvesting Kahn's race for blood. It was a big enough temptation for one man to kill in order to save his daughter imagine the possibility of being able to eliminate death.

  • 4
    Seems so odd to have the entire question into spoiler tags... – Kalissar May 24 '13 at 12:01
  • 4
    Serum could mean just be blood serum which is just blood plasma. – Gordon May 24 '13 at 12:10
  • @Kalissar Maybe I am being overly cautious about what a spoiler is. – Gordon May 24 '13 at 12:17
  • 1
    I think that most questions of the new Star Trek movies can only be answered with "that's the plot". I'd be very surprised if this is ever mentioned again. – Bobby May 25 '13 at 17:13
  • 1
    McCoy's serum is actually William Shatner's blood. As such, it has the ability to cure any disease, male pattern baldness, and hangovers. – John O May 27 '13 at 17:28
10
+50

As for the effect of the serum, it look like it could cure any disease. McCoy also literally revived a dead Tribble with a simple blood sample. However, they had to freeze Kirk in order to preserve his brain function; that is the only limitation we are made aware of. The other details about how it works and its effectiveness are unknown.

As for the nature of Bones's serum, given that a girl was cured using unaltered blood, the serum could be literally a substrate of Khan's blood. So the simple, but somewhat unethical solution, would be to use the frozen members of Khan's race to produce serum from their blood.

Since Tribbles are an alien species, it may mean it's not a property of the blood itself, but it may be an additive in the blood that cause the regeneration. From that point, Bones may have found a way to synthesize this additive, allowing its production from scratch.

With all that known, an elegant solution would be to create a race of genetically enhanced Tribbles that would be used to mass produce that serum. But nothing in the movie indicates it's McCoy's solution.

  • 7
    Create a race of immortal, unkillable tribbles, you say? What could possibly go wrong? – jwodder May 27 '13 at 21:06
  • 6
    @jwodder I, for one, welcome our new genetically enhanced Tribbles overlords! – DavRob60 May 28 '13 at 1:47
  • Disclaimer: no tribbles were hurt in the making of this film. – Jared May 28 '13 at 5:46
  • 4
    Another question that arises from this; they have to remove one of Khan's race from the cryotube to put Kirk into it. Why couldn't that member's blood have done the same? – KeithS May 29 '13 at 1:54
  • They'll have to find limits or drawbacks to it, no? – UwF Jun 2 '13 at 11:42

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.