After the " final splice," as it is termed, between these ends has been made, the bight, made fast to a slip rope, is lowered overboard, the slip rope cut, and the cable allowed to sink by its own weight to its resting-place on the sea bed.
A splice having been made they started on the 26th, but the cable broke almost immediately.
Another splice was made, to be followed, after the " Agamemnon " had paid out about 40 m., by another break.
Again the ships returned to the rendezvous and made another splice, and again there was a break after the " Agamemnon " had paid out 146 m., and then the " Agamemnon," after again returning to the meeting-place in the vain hope that the " Niagara " might have returned there also, made for Queenstown, where she found her consort had arrived nearly a week previously.
This, like many subsequent ones, was a failure, but finally she succeeded on the 2nd of September, and having made a splice completed the laying of the cable on the 8th of September.
He couldn't splice genes.
Finally, we get to the fourth order of GMO: being able to splice genes from one species into another species, a process known as transgenesis.