Team Sclera was a Space Pirate research team that made a breakthrough with Phazon experiments. By using the Vertigo strain of Phazon on Parasites, they were successfully able to complete Phazon mutation. As a result, Vertigo Phazon was used in Project Helix, and was instrumental in the creation of Elite Pirates and the Omega Pirate. Its sole mention is in a Pirate Data entry, found on a computer screen in Elite Research.
Sclera refers to the white of the human eye.
Initial Project Helix experiments with Space Pirate embryos were disastrous. The Phazon-infusion process degenerated brain tissue even as it augmented muscle mass. None of what we have termed 'Elite Pirates' lived to maturity: the few that survived their infanthood suffered severe psychotic breakdowns as juveniles, killing anything within their zone of perception. Research from team Sclera made a recent breakthrough, in which parasite studies with a Phazon strain code-named 'Vertigo' were highly successful. Since then, we have fused Vertigo Phazon with Space Pirate DNA with great success. The latest batch of Elite Pirates have reached maturity successfully and are ready for field testing and training.