The salvaging of DNA started with the first functional repurposing of the deceased Femati by the Femaki’xirpaxul, 686.95 million years ago. The replication of the Femaki’xirpaxul’s anatomical eating nanites became streamlined during the Bizubaki Sadness by grieving geneticist Rigizul. The process was first called makitil, meaning maker of death. That term harbored negative connotations for the Second Gen, and they replaced it with the English language helovx word, Recycle.
A citizen’s corpse comes to the Recycle Center after dying from one of the four acceptable means. The corpse goes naked into an Anatomical-Harvester, an enclosed chamber based on the Genetic Harvester found in the Femaki’xirpaxul. The cover of the harvester is sealed to allow the first legion of nanites called tiloodax (death-eaters) to consume the skin, veins, arteries, corneas, cartilage, and tendons. Upon completion, they are rendered dormant and fall lifeless on to the bed of the chamber. Via transphasic entry, the secondary group of nanites called yuloodax (life-eaters) appear. These are the most important, as they harvest the viscera, rich in the mitochondria cells needed to cultivate the base necessary for the production of a new generation. After the secondary group is filtered out (transphasic removal from the sealed area of the harvester), the tiloodax reawaken and devour the hair, nails, and blood until only the bones remain. A kyron-field applied within the sealed chamber burns the tiloodax to nothing. When the burning phase is complete, the chamber is pressurized to induce an atmosphere that crushes the bones to dust. The dust, or shis (bone), is given to the deceased’s pod in the form of a decorative sphere.
A Recycle Center is citizenry-run, and shis-spheres given to a deceased’s living relatives costs nothing. Many Centers will employ shisitat (bone crafters) to craft the bone into a piece of art called a shishitav . Self-employed shisitat often set up shop in or around Recycle Center’s and offer their services for a fee. Many femmar choose to pay for the creation of a shishitav as displaying a deceased pod member’s shis in the home, is a tradition.
Citizenry displayed shishitav are an institution. Most notable is the Remembrance Monument located in the entry hall of the Bizakaxi building; it is a replica of the Turkol-Fist, sculpted from the bones of thousands of Bizaki miners of the Original and Ramax Gens that died on the Artery. Another important shishitav is the ceremonial dultax made from the bones of Pita Dag, donated by her surviving bonds for display in the Prime Hall of Kulixa Base.