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Mentasynth is a form of advanced bio-engineering developed by the Eridanis. The Mentasynth process results in enhanced mental abilities of certain animals resulting in increased intelligence and empathy. The abilities that result from Mentasynth are genetically transmitted.

Mentasynth Enhanced Creatures

Although not technically a native to Pern, Mentasynth-enhanced dolphins were introduced to Pern by the colonists. The enhancement gave the dolphins the ability to talk to humans. They were all volunteers, and descendants of the original groups that agree to have done.
  • Felines - Mentasynth enhancement does not work well on felines; large cats go rapidly feral.
  • Canines (dogs), were not given it, for they show problems before they came to Pern.
  • Humans - They were first mistrusted but they became good healers and descendants came to Pern.

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