This clock was the product of a complete technology easily the equal or better of anything in the modern world.
These genes are mixed together like oil and water, never really mixing, just temporarily occupying the same DNA strands until one or the other is expressed.
This all repeats. Over and over again. We have been here before, doing these same things in an eternal recurring cycle. It always ends the same way.
There's no hope for the group. They are doomed. There is always hope for individuals.