Nuvafed was the name of an experimental chemical created by the project team of Doctor Bruce Bonwitt of Ollins Medical Lab in New York City. The chemical acted as an extremely potent anti-histamine, but had yet to be submitted for FDA approval. Dr. Bonwitt approached his supervisor Doctor Ollins, requesting permission to experiment with the drug in human trials. Ollins refused to endorse such procedures and instructed Bonwit to find an alternative means to conduct his research.
Refusing to kowtow to Ollins' commands, Bonwit approached the laboratory's patent lawyer, Ted Benton, Jr. Benton agreed to help Bonwit find a suitable test subject and contacted a failed lawyer named Fred Delmar. Delmar, desperate for money, agreed to participate in the experiment providing that the doctors could guarantee his safety. A man named Dr. Harris assured Delmar that Nuvafed was completely safe. In fact, he had hopes that the anti-histamine would actually improve Delmar's health.
Harris injected Delmar with a concentrated dose of Nuvafed, but the drug caused an adverse side-effect in Delmar's body. The Nuvafed actually increased Fred's histamine levels causing severe allergic reactions. Delmar convulsed violently for several minutes and finally fell over dead. Bonwit and his team had no intention of letting Ollins discover the truth about their failed experiment, so they drove Delmar's body to upstate New York and dumped it in a field. The Nuvafed reacted to the surrounding fauna and mutated Delmar's body, resurrecting him as a monstrous creature composed entirely of vegetative matter named Goldenrod.
- Nuvafed is potentially fatal to most human beings. However, pending unforeseen circumstances, the chemical can alter a body's genetic makeup granting it a variety of unknown abilities. In the case of Frederick Delmar, it transformed his body into vegetative material and granted him the ability to project lethal doses of concentrated histamine chemicals.
- Nuvafed had been properly tested in primate studies, but the FDA denied Ollins Medical Lab approval for human testing.
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