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Tayna was a female Tanugan in the 24th century and assistant to Doctor Nel Apgar on the Tanuga IV research station. She assisted Dr. Apgar in his research on Krieger waves.

In 2366, she worked with Geordi La Forge in updating him on the progress Apgar and her had made. After the visit, Dr. Apgar told her Commander Riker had threatened him and the project. He sent her to Tanuga IV while he made sure Riker left the station. Afterwards, the station exploded, killing him.

Riker was accused of the murder. Tayna's depositions were used to create the holoprograms Tayna Simulation Three and Tayna Simulation Four, in which she stated that Riker and Manua Apgar were about to have an affair and when Dr. Apgar caught them, Riker threatened the doctor. She also said that the doctor was in fear of his life and when she wanted to contact the authorities, he told her he would take care of Riker.

Riker was cleared of the crime when it was proven that Dr. Apgar had developed a weapon which he was going to sell to the highest bidder, and tried to kill Riker so he would not find out. (TNG: "A Matter of Perspective")

Tayna was played by Juli Donald.
The costume worn by Donald was later worn by background actress McConnell in the fourth season episode "First Contact" and was sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay. [1]
Doug Drexler worked as makeup artist for Juli Donald. [2](X)

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