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The Apothecarion is a Space Marine Chapter's medical and bio-engineering department.[1] Their most important duty is the preservation of the Chapter's gene-seed, the only means by which new Space Marines may be created. The life or death of a Chapter is therefore dependent upon their Apothecarion.[1]


Each Apothecarion is typically headed by a Chief Apothecary and permanently staffed by a number of Apothecaries.[2] These Apothecaries rarely take to the field of battle themselves. Their primary function is the maintenance of the various bio-vaults, each one containing a gene-seed ready for implantation.[1] These gene-seeds are extensively monitored, with only the healthiest kept, while those showing signs of mutation are removed to avoid further contamination.[3] The Apothecaries are also responsible for screening new Aspirants for any physical deficiencies, before continuing on the process of creating a new Space Marine, and are responsible for maintaining routine medical and surgical duties to ensure the Chapter's warriors are in fighting shape.[1] For accurate record-keeping the Apothecarion will maintain vast memory banks which contain the extensive genetic history of their Chapter.[4]

In addition to the Apothecarion's staff, each Company has its own Apothecary. In the field, these Apothecaries are responsible for administering battlefield medical care, including emergency surgery.[1] However, their most important duty is the recovery of the gene-seed from fallen battle-brothers, removing the progenoid organs from their body and returning them to the Apothecarion for the next recruit.[1]

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