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Syfy has given a straight-to-series order for Helix, a thriller from Battlestar Galactica's creator Ron Moore. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network picked up the series for 13 episodes on Thursday.

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Sounding like a mix of The Walking Dead

and The Thing, Helix is about a team of scientists from the Centers of Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves in a struggle that holds the key to mankind's salvation or total annihilation."With its well-drawn characters, taut drama and incredible production team, we couldn't be more excited to see this intense thrill ride of a series come to life," said Mark Stern, Syfy's president of original content.Moore will executive-produce the thriller, alongside Lynda Obst, Steven Maeda and Cameron Porsandeh, who wrote the pilot.