Acronym for Accelerated In-Vitro Maturation, which is the technology developed by Jinteki to rapidly grow a clone to full adulthood.
Prior to this technology, those interested in cloned organisms would have to wait decades both for the physical growth and for the mental development of the clone, which included actual training for their intended purpose - a financial cost very few people could afford.
Researcher Satoshi Hiro's work is chiefly responsible for the AIVM process used today, turning what took decades into only a few weeks of time, vastly decreasing material costs and need for skilled labor associated with clone training.
Stage 1: FertilizationEdit
The process begins with cloned egg tissues that are stripped of their own DNA and then reinjected and fertilized with the DNA pattern of the intended clone line and given a protein cocktail to catalyze growth. As each egg grows in its own test tube, a single cell biopsy is taken to check for deviations; those that fail this test are recycled, while the rest are transferred to artificial wombs of both organic and inorganic tissues.
Stage 2: GestationEdit
As the now-blastocyst implants itself in the synthesized protein matrix designed to emulate the uterine wall, a proprietary blend of growth accelerants is added to the nutrient bath (the details of these concoctions being fiercely-protected Jinteki trade secrets), resulting in a fully-formed infant in approximately 24 hours. Technicians are deliberately kept unaware of the exact nature of each process, but once the artificial womb has enlarged nominally to profile, the clone is transferred to a juvenile tank.
Stage 3: YouthEdit
The 33-gallon (125L) juvenile tank now holds the equivalent of a one-year-old child, with tubes implanted for breathing and elimination while the liquid immersion performs its work. At this stage, the clone's brain is a blank slate, its sensory organs overridden by computerized inputs, and implanted electrodes are able to directly guide the formation of the connectome in accordance with the clone's intended brainmap. After a week, the basis of the clone personality has formed and the physical body has outgrown the tank.
Stage 4: AdolescenceEdit
The clone is moved to an 80-gallon (300L) tank and begins its last stage of physical maturity. Sensory input continues to give the clone its mental conditioning and education, and precise amounts of hormones guide the development of desired end traits. Cosmetic or cybernetic implant surgeries are sometimes performed with additional healing factors added to the nutrient bath. Depending on the level of customization at this stage, the clone finishes maturation in just under a month.
Stage 5: MaturityEdit
Having departed the final tank, the clone is given a final medical examination and given its final training and conditioning. By this point, the clone is likely already beholden to an owner.