Santa Rosa Institute

I came across the LiveJournal page of Chris (corourke), on which he ponders the reality of the Santa Rosa Institute of Advanced Genetics. Upon checking it out, the site had me confused for a while also. At first glance it appears to be a legitimate biotech company with two products in development: Genuflex (an anti-aging drug), and Envigor (a drug that decreases the need for sleep). So far, so good. I know there really are companies developing products like this. But then if you do a google search for the 'Santa Rosa Institute' links to the Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency start coming up. The FVZA rails against the Santa Rosa Institute, denouncing it as a front for vampire research. For instance, here's the FVZA's take on Envigor:

Recently, the Santa Rosa Institute has been pushing Envigor, a drug designed to help people stay alert when working overnight shifts. Study results trumpeted in an Institute press release suggest that Envigor helps people stay awake and alert all night, with no apparent side effects. Of course, the Institute left out one minor detail: ENVIGOR IS MADE FROM VAMPIRE BLOOD.

Obviously the FVZA is a joke, but the question is: is the Santa Rosa Institute also a joke? Is it a fake site created by the FVZA, or is it a real company that just happens to have become a target for the FVZA's satire? For a moment I was inclined to think the SRI might be real, because a further search uncovered real-looking press releases from the SRI on other sites. But then I noticed something: a hidden vampire reference on the SRI site. If you click on the 'Home' link, a link to the FVZA Museum surreptitiously appears in the right-hand corner. It's easy to miss. So it appears that the Santa Rosa Institute is a fake site created by the FVZA. Though it's definitely a fairly elaborate fake.

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Posted on Mon Nov 15, 2004


I did a simple check on, and the only similarities I found was that they're using the same two servers.
Posted by Dan  on  Mon Nov 15, 2004  at  01:59 PM
If I had to guess, I'd guess this has something to do with Blade 3, the vampire movie with Wesley Snipes, which is coming out soon. A little viral marketing, perhaps?
Posted by Vincent  on  Mon Nov 15, 2004  at  05:17 PM
I am inclined to believe it's not real because of the product "genuflex." It is so close to genuflect(s) (to kneel in reverence) that no sensible person or marketing firm would use it for a trade name. Of course, that doesn't entirely rule it out, people being idiots.
Posted by cvirtue  on  Mon Nov 15, 2004  at  07:11 PM
Both these sites remind me of the Hunter the Reckoning videogames (both the FVZM, which list 'the hidden truth' of real events we had been lead to believe were caused by humans when they were really the result of monsters and SRI, a company making products that are good for humans but harm monsters... and as a side note, the company in the Hunter games was called something VERY similar to Genuflex)

Although I'm fairly certain it's not promoting a new Hunter game/the upcoming movie since those have all been set in a town called Ashcroft so far... I wonder if the sites aren't inspired by Hunter games/the 'backstory' to a fan's own games using the Whitewolf pen and pencil RPG's (on which the Hunter videogames are based)
Posted by Eric  on  Tue Nov 16, 2004  at  03:27 AM
cvirtue wrote: 'I am inclined to believe it's not real because of the product "genuflex." It is so close to genuflect(s) (to kneel in reverence) that no sensible person or marketing firm would use it for a trade name.'

...And, of copurse, when one is bitten in Blade one can become a slave - possibly supporting the movie-tie-in theory?
Posted by paul in prague  on  Tue Nov 16, 2004  at  04:35 AM
When trying to investigate this, I stumbled across another 'genuflex':

"Those traditional, draughty, musty-smelling sin bins had better say their prayers. Genuflex of Venice have made penance a pleasure with their new Millennium Confessionals.

"Gone is the traditional wooden chair or stool. Instead, the priest can sink into a black leather armchair. At his side is an electronic console to regulate the temperature, dim the lighting and adjust the sound-proofing. Yes, sound-proofing. According to Paolo Lion, Genuflex's managing director: 'You can scream to your heart's content
Posted by paul in prague  on  Tue Nov 16, 2004  at  04:43 AM
The Santa Rosa Institute it not real. Its a support site to the FVZA site. Genuflex and Envigor are bogus products.You can't make a product out of something that doesn't exsist(vampire blood). This why lists them to the same server. The web site and forum are there to support a independant movie the site creator is working on. I investigated this when it first came out. I also joined the message board there a while back. It definitely is a elaborate fake. If you look at the Museum its located in the middle of Kirtland Air Force Base.According to the provided map.
Posted by Dave  on  Sun Nov 21, 2004  at  08:11 AM
For further evidence, if you look at the HTML source it is clear that the FVZA website and the SRI website are written by the same person. Also, these are the HTML keywords for the SRI site:

meta name="keywords" content="genetics, longevity, vampires, zombies, DNA, lifespan">
Posted by f  on  Wed Jan 26, 2005  at  09:17 PM
the 11 "Nobel laureats" first tipped me off, as is the fact that they have no contact information. it's excellent though. i loved it. i doubt it's an advertisement- just someone who likes zombies and vampires making an excellent joke. Also, the line "continue our assault on the last frontiers of human biology" is a bit too impolitic.
Posted by yo  on  Thu Jan 27, 2005  at  09:28 AM
HY all ...i really believed the FVZA site and i believed that vampirism (not like u see it in movies) but simple lust for blood is a biological disease...


BUT WHY ...why on earth would someone invest ushc work and time to invent a hoax that has no media no publicity nothing ...

just read the FVZA web to see how elaborate its described
Posted by Valentin R  on  Wed Apr 20, 2005  at  02:02 PM
This is all very amusing and educational! Do you really think if a Federal Agency is working with supernatural beings would be that easy to trace!?!

- J. S. "Bloodbane". Agent at FVZA.
Posted by Bloodbane  on  Sun May 08, 2005  at  06:41 AM
Just listen to you people, is it really hard enough to believe there are biological diseases that create such beings as a zombie and/or vampire? If you need a little more convincing, heres a site that tells you of the product Genuflex:
Posted by Anonymus Researcher  on  Sun Sep 18, 2005  at  03:03 PM
long shot theory here, but could it be connected to the tv show lost? hurley and emily were patients at santa rosa mental health institute. the others could be some sort of zombie/vampire experiment gone wrong. was the site created last fall (2004) when lost started or has it been around for longer than that?
Posted by patrick o'keeffe  on  Mon Nov 14, 2005  at  10:26 AM
I think it's a lot older than Lost.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Mon Nov 14, 2005  at  01:25 PM
The FVZA is a marvelous organization, and I am delighted to be a part of it, as a shadow agent. No, the FVZA is not very secretive, as vampires and zombies are not very secretive. Anywho, yea, check out the site, it's great. Dr. Pecos did a fine job commemorating those that have served our great nation.
Posted by SwingBlade  on  Tue Dec 27, 2005  at  04:56 PM
in response to the theory that the Santa Rosa Institute is connected to the tv show LOST...

Lost has a bunch of mock-websites up, the main one being

this site links to a few other bizarre LOST themed sites. at the top of the page the link Careers actually splits into three links. The "Car" takes you to the Santa Rosa Institute site, and the "ee" and "rs" take you to aireal shots of different buildings, presumably the Santa Rosa Institute.

This, and the fact that googling Santa Rosa Institute brings up more jokey pages, makes me think that its another LOST hoax, except that it appears to pre-date LOST.

Posted by Joe  on  Fri Jan 20, 2006  at  03:34 PM
you know its easy for the government to cover up things they don't want noticed even if it includes killing people. Yet I don't know whats funnier the deciever or the decieved. All over the world in many diffrent cultures Vampires and Zombies are talked about and even if this institute isn't real I know that there are the ones that do meddle in things they have no right meddling in hello people what is the best weapon something thats already dead they just have not found the proper way to control it or to keep terrorists or others from becoming what they are take heed and always believe in what you can't see just in case something creepy happens
Posted by Cher  on  Mon Feb 06, 2006  at  02:09 PM
yeah it's not a serious website. the site doesn't look that perfesional... if it was actually run by the government they would have alot better graphics and stuff... it's also on yahoo's 100 top wierd sites... it's number 61 and if you look at the bottom next to the "T" for teen thing... it will say that the site is for entertainment purposes.

here's the address:
Posted by will  on  Thu Jun 01, 2006  at  08:03 PM,%202004

Used to live in Albequerque. The SRI is actually a place, but the location info is wrong. Also the FVZA does predate lost by quite a few years. But that's beside the point, because it's just for amusement purposes. Right? So maybe the nut running the site also actually knows a little more on some subjects than your average person, doesn't mean you can take it all seriously, because they throw in so much malarkey. It's pretty funny though, you have to admit. And for a while here several decades ago, medical researchers were pretty keen on wanting to study vampire blood as a possible cure for aids. Which is so crazy since there's no such thing. Hmm. As an aside, I don't advise trudging too far into the supposed crash site area out in Roswell. Because there are signs posted everywhere that tresspassing would be a very bad and possible lethal idea, because the whole area is cattle ranch according to the signs. The cows however, are not there or invisible and if you drive in too far past the signs, the men in jeeps will come with guns and take your camera and escort you off the property. No joke. Doesn't mean aliens landed there, but maybe a govt testing facility of some kind is there. Never know.
Posted by Syd  on  Sun Mar 04, 2007  at  09:13 PM
Solanum is responsible for eating away at the conscious mind and is in Mousaka and Aubergines, after eating enough you start walking around town focusing on the living, (you've become a zombie.) No know detox found as yet, please email one if found.
Posted by AxiomTrion257  on  Fri Aug 10, 2007  at  09:41 AM
For some of you I laugh at. It would seem since you were old enough to be told Santa doesn't exist your world was crushed, and ruined your belief system. Have you seen a 1,000 dollar bill, or air... No, but they exist, I think you might not believe in religious acts either. You might say you have a "narrow mind". How far off would it be for genetics to make things possible that we know nothing about for obvious reasons. If you don't know the reasons (narrow mind yet again). If you are angered by that saying... You just proved me right. If people that are credable in science spend there whole life looking for beings on other planets it's more acceptable than our own race of being here being anything other than just human. Too much in this world alone can not be explained, and for you few on here to say "such a thing does not exist" would mean you spent you whole life to this science to prove it, but we have not herd of you on tv or paper proving this. Now as far as the sites credable nature. Who is to say, it's better for a person to have a "not so pro look" and get away with it than too have too much proof, raise too many questions, get too much attention before the government would step in and have to do something about it. " Da Vinci code ", " dead sea scrolls" 30 no even 10 years ago such an idea could be laughed at, but now is a known fact. So much goes on under our nose these days we know nothing about, and thats because the ones doing it want it that way. Some say it's for our protection or to keep public from panic. In either case without your first hand exp. or knowing of such a thing leave it alone. Fake sites exsit yes, but the information on them isn't always so.
Posted by Joe  on  Thu Nov 01, 2007  at  09:57 AM
The "DaVinci Code" is a known fact, eh?
Posted by SwingBlade  on  Thu Nov 01, 2007  at  12:44 PM
not saying it is, but a few years ago saying it exsited would be a joke, now it is a known fact it exsit, but not saying the code is real. Just showing how a few years can change what we think we know is out there and what we now know is out there.
Posted by joe  on  Fri Nov 02, 2007  at  12:31 AM
I just assumed it was an ARG(like "i love bees") or something for a homebrewed d20 game. I doubt it was meant as any kind of hoax as such, but it was certainly entertaining to read. Any info on the car rental link on the FVZA home page? I assume it's fabricated as well.
Posted by Seeker  on  Wed Feb 06, 2008  at  08:57 PM
Ok if this site had been up for a day or whatever than shut down it would of been a lot more believeable. If the site was true and I'm the government I would leave it up because no one would believe it cuz if it was true the government would of done......etc.. They could add a disclaimer to make them laughing stocks when maybe there not. People believe in God, Angels etc... Why is it so hard to believe there is evil things as well. I don't know whats out there but I believe there is things out there we dont understand or know of. To think that were it and this is it is ignorant. Most people fear the unknown though. Look at science today and what they could do....
Posted by Fawn  on  Fri Dec 26, 2008  at  07:47 PM
If you look at the source code for Santa Rosa, it includes references to zombies and vampires. It's fake, made by the same guys. That's why it shares a server, that's why the code was written the same.

Case closed.
Posted by tyler durden  on  Mon Feb 02, 2009  at  12:09 PM
Its obvious these are hoax sights.
I believe in the possibility that zombies can exist,
and I know vampires do, but all you need to know to disprove
these sights is some basic web design skills.
A federally funded organization would have more advertisements other than costume companies, and novelty stores.
If it was an organization federally funded, I like to think they would go the extra mile to hire a web designer fluent in flash, I mean really.
Both sites have the same design aesthetic, or rather no design aesthetic. I will give credit to the bloke or dames who write the content though...damn that shit is thick. They must have a lot of free time on their hands, no kids, no job, maybe they are trust fund folks who just sit around and make crappy web sites all day.
Also, on the Santa Rosa site all the thumbnail images used are taken from the University of New Mexico web site.
Anyway, I'm prepared for a zombie attack...or at least in theory I am, and as far as Vampires go, I have a deep respect for the ones conflicted between their nature and their ethics.
One thing is certain though, I sure as shit don't need the FVZA.
Posted by vrgnsrgn  on  Sun May 17, 2009  at  08:27 AM
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