While humanity has met (and created) alien life, some just can't leave it alone and want to create new intelligent alien forms of life. To that end, they have tinker with the genes and neurology of likely candidate animals. The goal is to create a new intelligent, but non-human species, uplifting them. Their biggest problem with earlier efforts is that they include human genetic material and not a new species. They have disparaged many of these as 'Stardweller cousins.'
- Barbary Apes
Their efforts are controversial at best, partly from previous efforts (everyone remembers the AIA and the Transcendentals), but also due to the morality of it. Is it right to create a new child species that can and will compete with humanity? Or possibly our successors? It is a controversial decision.
Then there are the failures. For every success they've had there are hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals that are semi-functional, insane, doomed to mental collapse or with serious physiological defects. Some of these are cared for as best the Uplifters can. Others are euthanized. This alone makes them wanted criminals in some civilizations. And the successes are disturbing - they take animals that are familiar to humanity and make them very strange. Instead of understandable aliens, they wind up with entities that are partially understandable (and in some cases very competitive), which is incredibly frustrating.
Emblem: Neural network with the ascent of man superimposed on it.
Core Value: Uplift, or that mankind should create its successors and companions.
Benefits: +2 to Biotech Researcher and Engineer and Cognitech for uplift research purposes.
Edit: Implemented change ideas based on Colin and TauCeti's comments.