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Told in the manner of scientific reports, this collection of science fiction stories explores the allegorical overtones about the precariousness of species. Biogenesis and Other Storiescollects five stories by Tatsuaki Ishiguro. InBiogenesis, Two professors research the rare winged mouse and how the genetic makeup of the creatures pointed to their eventual extinction. The discover that upon mating, both the male and female of the species died. The professors try to clone the winged mice without success, so they breed the remaining pair in captivity, noting the procedure, which includes a vibration of the creatures' wings, what appeared to be kissing, and the shedding of tears--composed of the same substance as their blood--until their eventual death.
Tatsuaki Ishiguro was born in 1961. In 1989, he won the Kaien Newcomer Award for Saishu Jouei (The Last Showing). While working for The University of Tokyo Hospital, he published many short stories. In 1994, the short story entitled "Dr. Nobuhiko Myoji, who died from AIDS on May 2nd, 1991, and..." was nominated for the Akutagawa Award, and won acclaim from Nobel Prize Winner Kenzaburo Oe and Koji Suzuki. He currently works for The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.