I even know they were outside the area of effect for the problem.
What I don't know is what the problem is.
Some issues with parallel universes and genetic engineering -- some of them incompatible with each other -- have suggested themselves, but I'm not sure which ones will work.
At least I do know that the station has scientific research with a military slant going on. . . better than nothing. . . .
and, of course, I start out with the heroes bewildered. One advantage of not knowing is that you can fill in the ignorance and the possibilities better, from the inside.