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Q&A How do you establish identity when people can change their appearance at will?

Building on the universe established in this question, what happens to identity verification when someone's physical appearance and genetic code are modifiable at any time? Review of universe rule...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Green‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Pastychomper‭

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Q&A Why haven't scientists found evidence of humans interbreeding with aliens?

In my alternative universe, Atlantis was a real city that existed, although it wasn't called Atlantis or founded by humans. Atlantis or rather, Dosham was a city on an isolated landmass in the nort...

5 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Arbiter Elegante‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Arbiter Elegante‭

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Q&A How small can I make this character without making it too weird?

I'm creating a character who was born after a long period of genetic instability, which created a lot more diversity throughout the human race. I'm planning on making my character excessively small...

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Popplio Lover‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Popplio Lover‭

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Q&A Could triangular DNA exist?

This is sort of a follow up on my question Could a "multicellular" virus exist? in which part of the consensus was that viruses simply can't hold enough DNA. In theory, could DNA form in a structur...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Topcode‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Topcode‭

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Q&A Changing humans to their mirror image versions to become immune to infectious diseases

If we could replace DNA, RNA and the ribosomes in our cells by their mirror image versions, then everything would work in the same way, except that the chirality of all molecules would have been in...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Count Iblis‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Count Iblis‭

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Q&A How can the effects of a Gene become weaker with each new offspring?

King Solomon, founder of the Solomonian Dynasty, was the first emperor of China. After he conquered the mainland, he gave his alchemists the single command of creating an elixir that would allow hi...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A How can antibodies induce a demigod transformation?

The Greek gods were sufficiently advanced aliens with access to powerful technology. In the begining of our worlds formation, Zeus created mankind from his own flesh. These mortals were made in the...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A What would happen if a black person used genetic modification to turn off the MC1R gene?

The MC1R gene turns pheomelanin into eumelanins but there are another kind of pehomelanin called pheochromes. So if a brunette or black person used a cosmetic gene therapy to turn off this gene how...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Sabrine Crystal Santos‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Sabrine Crystal Santos‭

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Q&A Effect of Prolonged Egg Diapause on Species

I have a species of megafaunal carnivore that are extremely mobile with territories spanning hundreds of square miles and lifespans of 120-150 years. They lay clutches of 2-3 eggs every 20-30 years...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Thalassan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Thalassan‭

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Q&A Could a species be able to be impregnated by anything?

Is there a way for a species to essentially become a living incubator of sorts? Not the other way around, as in Plausible ways for the alien species to be able to impregnate every and any species?,...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by FelisMiscellaneous‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by FelisMiscellaneous‭

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Q&A What abnormalities can result from long term cryogenic preservation?

Overlord Larmark is a scientist from the 21st century who is interested in world domination, and needs powerful generals to lead his armies. He looks to the ancient world, as only that time period ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A In a world with time travel, would it be possible to be your own mother's mother?

Given that you can travel back in time and have a baby there, or alternatively, send your baby back in time, would it be possible that this baby one day becomes your own mother (gives birth to you)...

8 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by sebrockm‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by sebrockm‭

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Q&A How can a terrorist group link a biological plague to a specific genetic signature?

A domestic terrorist organization has come to light due to recent terror attacks that they claim responsibility for. This group has developed a biological weaponized plague that attacks the nervous...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A How could 3D Bioprinting and Synthetic Biology be used in the future for reproduction?

I think it will be possible in the far future to take a single person`s cells, genetically enhance and change them using genetic engineering and synthetic biology using new genes, and put it in a 3...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Sabrine Crystal Santos‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Sabrine Crystal Santos‭

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Q&A What is the the most efficient way to design and administer an infertility plague?

My name is Adolf Palpatine, a kind and benevolent Buddhist monk on the path to enlightenment. I have figured out a way to game the system. By making a deal with a demon, I have gained the ability...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A How can a human male be made to produce sperm for another species?

An alien creature has secretly landed on earth, seeking to propagate itself among the local species. It studies the individual sexes of a race called humans and determined that the males would be m...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A Myelination in cephalopods

I am a complete amateur regarding biology, so please forgive me if this question is a little stupid. Could we ever create squids that have human-level intelligence and could serve as a replacement ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jonathan Böcker‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Jonathan Böcker‭

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Q&A Species where every individual looks the same

I was thinking for ideas for new species for the planet I'm currently worldbuilding, and it occur to me if there could be a species (humanoid) where everyone looked exactly the same, and if this co...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by DigiAB‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by DigiAB‭

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Q&A Genetically engineered de-evolution

Why might a species advanced enough to develop genetic engineering start a process by which their own genes, over hundreds of years, would get edited back to resemble their more primitive ancestors...

13 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by the_au‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by the_au‭

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Q&A What are my "viral" humans harvesting from from my uninfected humans?

The following scenario takes place on Earth, sometime in the next few decades. An unethical biotech company has developed a deadly bioweapon that uses humans as a vector, almost like a suicide bomb...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Faz‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Faz‭

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Q&A Can a living human's DNA be modified for use as a living library?

I know that DNA can be used to encode information, using ACGT as a quaternary instead of binary encoding. Could a functional genetically-modified human walk around with a lot of information store...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by MacIsaac‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by MacIsaac‭

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Q&A To what extent is it feasible for this race to be majority female?

In my world there is a race of humans who are disproportionately female. They are closely derived from and very similar to real-world humans, but are unable to interbreed with the other races as th...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Maddock Emerson‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Maddock Emerson‭

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Q&A Is there a reason that females passing on more than 1/2 of their genetics to the child would be unlikely to evolve?

On the earth today most animals use a two sex mating system where male and female provide the same amount of genetics to the resulting offspring, despite the fact that in many cases the female prov...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by dsollen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by dsollen‭

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Q&A Venusian Adaptations

Recently I've been imagining living on a terraformed Venus in a distant future. I've a pretty good idea of how this can be done, having gone through many articles on how to terraform venus, so my q...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Benjamin Wandio‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Benjamin Wandio‭

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Q&A Would you carry the exact same DNA if you were concieved at a different time?

In this world, time travel is possible, but the only thing that can be sent back in time are thoughts. From the perspective of your past self, you suddenly one moment realize that you have "memorie...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Lazar Ljubenović‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Lazar Ljubenović‭

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Q&A Which cells to pick to get a pure sample of DNA without precise equipment?

Normally when conducting DNA testing, I presume techniques are utilized to ensure you're just testing one individual's DNA from a sample, even if it is possible that sample was contaminated one way...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Necrikus‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Necrikus‭

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Q&A What happens when a person with some edited genetics (like say, eagle eyes) reproduces with a person with regular genetics?

If person A has had the genes dictating their sight/ the internal structure of their eyes, replaced by say, eagle eyes or cat eyes. What happens when they reproduce with person B who has regular h...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Helios‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Helios‭

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Q&A What is more plausible, viruses in a host brain or a viral colony becoming conscious?

In my story I have a strain of virus capable of stealing parts of or changing its hosts DNA, so it could copy the abilities in nature for its next host of choice by taking the genes which control t...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Aizen-sama‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Aizen-sama‭

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Q&A Would having more than two sexes decrease the number of individuals required to have a sustainable population from a genetic perspective?

On a world made up of many small islands, each island cannot support a very large population. Although sometimes individuals from one island make it across the ocean to another, this is usually a ...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Michael Stachowsky‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Michael Stachowsky‭

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Q&A Is plausible to have subspecies with & without separate sexes?

I'm creating humanoid specie with two subspecies Hairy races - roughly based on humans, chiss, mirialans, with standard males &amp; females sexes Tentacle races- roughly based on asari, twilek, t...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Kirae‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Kirae‭

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Q&A Can Apes (Including Humans) Be Naturally Patterned Like Felids?

For visual reference: Apes are visual species who rely more on their eyesight than any of the other senses. As a result, they see the world in three shades of color, whereas other mammals see i...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by JohnWDailey‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by JohnWDailey‭

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Q&A How can an organ that provides biological immortality be unable to regenerate?

After Cain killed his brother Abel, he was cursed by God to wander the earth forever. On his travels, he met a sympathetic woman named Lilith. They discovered that they had a mutual beef with their...

12 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A Would multiple fantasy races eventually become homogenous?

In a setting with multiple sapient fantasy races (ie, elves, orcs, humans, dwarves), assuming these races could interbreed and this activity became common, would they eventually reach a point of hy...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by ipontinovo‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by ipontinovo‭

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Q&A Genetic exchange between animal and plant, Elves love trees

This question has its origins in the word "dendraphile" used in a YouTube comment. It was used in an insult used by dwarves towards elves. My chain of thought then was that the dwarves would use pl...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Ville Niemi‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Ville Niemi‭

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Q&A Can you replicate a being's DNA just from observing it?

In the movie Captain Marvel, the main antagonists (at least for half the movie), the shape-shifting Skrulls, can change their appearance to perfectly match any humanoid creature, down to DNA. Scie...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Greenie E. - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Greenie E. - Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A Can a possible humanoid species capable of changing their sex in a crisis be the dominant species of an entire planet like us?

I had an idea of a concept a while ago. If a planet that for some reason or another had only one giant continent like Pangea, but bigger, for more distinct habitats and giant lakes assuring isola...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Erick Silveira‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Erick Silveira‭

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Q&A How can an evil spirit take control of a human body during REM sleep?

I have a friend who is a really nice guy. The problem is that he was born as a half demon. While he looks completely normal, he possesses a spirit inside him called "Amon". This being forces him to...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A How to Extend Female Fertility Period without Altering Current Pubescent Timing?

I would like to use CRISPr Cas9 technology to extend the life expectancy of my fictional civilizations. From what I understand, CRISPr could extend life by lengthening telomeres and improve quality...

7 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by C. Hess‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by C. Hess‭

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Q&A How can a terrorist cult genetically engineer human bombs?

A nihilistic organization founded by a preacher, Solf J. Kimblee, has reasoned that human beings have fallen short of God's true purpose. Since the betrayal by Adam and Eve, all people are born wit...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A Could DNA Survive in Outer Space?

In my story the inhabitants of Earth are near extinction. They want to make a capsule of a bunch of human DNA and blast it toward the Andromeda galaxy. They take 1 oz of every blood type still liv...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by AdrienDaBoss‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by AdrienDaBoss‭

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Q&A Why would a species require multiple inseminations in order to reproduce?

The Eldar are a psychic species with a similar body design to humanity within a galaxy-wide empire. They are far more advanced than other races, technologically and philosophically. Eldar have a st...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A Pangenesis and alien life

Darwin's hypothetical mechanism of inheritance was called pangenesis, whereby the body continually produced particles of information - gemmules - which aggregated in the gonads, and that that the o...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by SealBoi‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by SealBoi‭

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Q&A Can one individual be used to repopulate an entire species?

An evil scientist has engineered a plague that would kill anyone with an xy chromosome pair. This plague has systemicatically spread throughout the planet, killing all males within the population. ...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A Is intraspecies genetic incompatibility possible?

I'm creating a humanoid species, roughly based on humans. The difference is that not every opposite sex couple of fertile age could produce offspring. The premise of my story is based of some men...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by liraxu‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by liraxu‭

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Q&A Same species originating from multiple planets?

Like the title states, how would it be possible for the same species to live on multiple planets (before space travel is invented)? Basically, a civilization invents space travel, meets aliens, and...

9 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by zuvel‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by zuvel‭

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Q&A Alternatives to DNA

I am in the process of creating my universe, and have based it on semi-hard science. The universe that I have created is quite extensive, and I thought that it would be unreasonable for the only ki...

7 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I tune the incidence of gene expression in my fictitious population?

Related questions How can I make a net beneficial genetic trait occur only in a small fraction of the population, sustained? What percentage of the population has the "magic gene"? Premise W...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Alexis‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Alexis‭

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Q&A Is it plausible to make human gametes from different parent chromosomes?

I'm creating a near future world where laboratories could create human gametes (sperm &amp; ova) using chromosomes from different people. So theoretically we could take 1st chromosome from a 1st pe...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by DoubleHelix‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by DoubleHelix‭

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Q&A Biology of hermaphrodite species

How from a evolutionary standpoint hermaphrodite species can exist and have a good genetic diversity, with no self-impregnation? But, this race visually looks more like females, they do have breas...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by MonLi ‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by MonLi ‭

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Q&A How to create a genetically high IQ population while avoiding regression to the mean as much as possible?

Let's say we have a group of high IQ individuals of a sizeable number. In what manner should they reproduce in order to maximise the odds of creating a genetically high IQ population over several g...

11 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Logan545‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Logan545‭

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