FROM: PROF, JAGERWALD, H.
ATTN: DR. CROSS, E.
No doubt you're aware of the organic growth found in some parts of the ship. I've been examining the substance and thought the results would interest you.
The cells most clearly resemble bacteria, with viral behavior. Like bacteria, the organism infects other cells through osmosis, then mutates and reproduces agamogenetically.
What's amazing is the SPEED at which it grows. A single bacterium reproduces twenty-fold in just one minute. I've never seen anything like it. I won't stake my reputation on it, but I think this may be a genuine alien lifeform!
Prof. Hawley theorizes that it's a habitat transformer -- the levels of gaseous output are tremendous, which is why it smells so bad -- but to what end we simply don't know. I'll keep you posted.