Story Club

Convince Me

Story Club continues with tantalising short fiction by Jiang Yitan

This month's story comes from Read Paper Republic, an initiative to publish English translations of Chinese stories, and we encourage you to check out their archive. As always, write into [email protected] with your questions or comments on the story, which we will collate and publish along with our and the translator’s responses at the end of the month.

There were three of us in the lab, and our goal was to extend the life of white mice. To be more precise, we were researching the flaws in the DNA of every mouse, and finding ways to repair each one. Ultimately, we hoped to find the secret to giving mus musculus a longer lifespan. We would selectively breed them, observe their breeding cycles, their behavior and their growth, and test whether the next generation came out a little more healthy.