Blogger wont let me comment on anything in this blog so I'll just make a post on what I wanted to say.
From what I gather of the story idea, it sounds a bit like a pre-dated version of what is called the "Grey goo" scenario.
Grey goo is a hypothetically scenario humans have predicted might happen to us if we were to advance our knowledge of nanotechnology and try and use it to our advantage. Eg. Using Molecular Nanotechnology to control or create new entities, biological or mechanical, starting at a molecular level (such as creating cells for use in medicine) and advancing to create self replicating robots (which we already have to an extent). The whole concept of this theory is that the "robots" will suddenly "malfunction" in one way or another and turn against us, wiping out the human race as a result.
Another example could be that molecular assembled plants, which are created no more efficient than today's natural solar cells, could out-compete real plants, thus crowding our planet with an inedible foliage.
What I'm getting at here is that we could maybe use this theory are reference material when expanding our ideas?
For Example, Deus Ex: Invisible War
|Deus Ex: Invisible War, released in 2003|
Deus Ex: Invisible War involves a race called "The Omar" who's primary goal is to "create a trans human race through biomodification". The Omar are a group of Russian scientists who submitted themselves to radical biomodification in an attempt to survive the massive Russian famines following "The Collapse" (in the game, this caused the world to descend into a period of war and economic depression because of the actions of an individual known as JC Denton). They would do this by making modifications to their bodies, such as being able to withstand extreme temperatures on both ends of the scale, along with many other biomodifications (including the whole race sharing one conciousness). In the game they plan to further their enhancement knowledge by extracting heat resilient tissues from an alien subject called "Grey" to progress in their plans.
The Omar are an example of "test subjects mutating and breaking out of their bonds" in way. There are other films and games out there similar to this of course, just thought id pick this as an example of how we can forge ideas around such theories.