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Q&A What would encourage multiple animal species to evolve human features simultaneously?

The setting is fifty-five million years in the future on Earth, with multiple humanoid species that have different ancestors, but share similar characteristics. Their ancestors would be animals tha...

8 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Lizardsaurus‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Lizardsaurus‭

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Q&A Ending "Natural" Reproduction

Quick Overview Here's the situation: your species, under directive of your friendly world government, has been informed that all "natural" (aka reproducing like your normally would and having a ch...

6 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Millennium‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Millennium‭

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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 2y ago by Sabrine Crystal Santos‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Sabrine Crystal Santos‭

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Q&A Can 2019-nCoV be altered to be carried by the wind?

After surveying customers about their new product, 2019-nCoV™, E.V.I.L. Inc. realized that many of them would pay for an upgrade which allows for the virus to be carried by the wind itself in order...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by MedwedianPresident‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by MedwedianPresident‭

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Q&A A plausable explanation of how life is created with digital DNA

I recently read that not only would a creatures digital DNA need to be stored but its mitochondria and microbiomes DNA needs to be stored. A previous questions answers mentions epigenetic structur...

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

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Q&A Biological Features Necessary for a Humanoid to Have a Much Higher Rate of Reproduction?

So for this question there's a Mad Scientist/Dark Lord that wants to engineer a race that can out breed mankind and carry him to victory. He has access to sufficiently advanced genetic engineering...

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

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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 How could genetic engineering be used to create an opposite sex clone?

Do you think it will become possible to create opposite sex clones in the future? A male clone from a woman or a female clone from a man? I think it will become possible. To create a female clone ...

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

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Q&A Improved lungs?

What needs to be improved or added to the structure (device) of human lungs to be able to filter toxic chemical compounds in the air (for example, in mines the air may contain nitrogen, methane, ca...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by French Thompson‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by French Thompson‭

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Q&A Is it possible to create an organism that is completely immune to radiation?

Radiation is the ultimate bane of all organic life. Its particles punch holes in our DNA, causing mutations and giving us cancer. But, is there a way to make an organism that is unable to get radia...

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

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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 Creating chimera virus by rogue scientist

In my world there is a rogue scientist who wants to wipe out at least 90% of humanity. He's has a sample of measles which are very contagious but he needs something new. Could he merge measles with...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by michael smith‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by michael smith‭

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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 Group-minded alien species create alien human hybrids- why?

The aliens in question aren't of a hive mind in the strictest sense (instead of many drones answering to a leadership caste each organism acts as one cell, all of them are essentially 'the same ran...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by king of panes‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by king of panes‭

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Q&A What kind of genetic engineering would be required to give a human-animal hybrid the following characteristics?

In my world, taking place sometime in the near future, scientists decide to mess around with genetic engineering. The goal is to create hybrid supersoldiers with animal genes ad have them perform e...

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

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Q&A Recreating Dinosaurs (or at least doppelgangers)

In theory organisms derived from birds through genetic engineering could resemble theropod dinosaurs. So my question is what animals would serve as the basis for the other two groups of dinosaurs (...

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

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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 Human survival on unaltered Mars

What would it take for humans to survive on mars, without shelters, akin to the Martian, in terms of genetic engineering? Is it even remotely viable, or would some mechanical assistance (oxygen tan...

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

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Q&A Is there any likely reason why personal DNA tinkering machines would become widespread?

Say we're in a world where it is possible to tinker with biology as easily as it is to tinker with programming nowadays. For feasibility, refer to How soon will tinkering with biology be as simple ...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Sheraff‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Sheraff‭

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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 element could be used on a fictional metal-poor planet for biological oxygen exchange?

I'm working on a hard sf novel about humans being forced to survive on a metal-poor planet. They have to take dietary metal supplements at first but eventually a bio-engineer rigs the biochemical p...

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

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Q&A What are some difficulties in synthesizing desirable substances produced in nature?

Suppose that there is a substance that is produced in nature by an organism. This substance is rather desirable. The reason this substance is desirable can be anything: Whether it is because it is ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user73910‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user73910‭

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Q&A What would happen if Aromatase turned much of a man`s testosterone levels into estrogen?

I'd like to create a story in which a genetically modified man has Aromatase Excess syndrome. For example, if a man has a genetic mutation where he produces a lot of aromatase that turns 10% of hi...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Sabrine Crystal Santos‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Sabrine Crystal Santos‭

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Q&A How big could a land-dwelling arthropod get if it wasn't limited by oxygen consumption?

Insects and other land-based Arthropoda are stuck at the size they are due to how inefficient their respiratory system is. They were able to reach the size they did in the Carboniferous period beca...

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

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Q&A Can a genetically modified human breathe something other than Earth's oxygen/nitrogen atmosphere?

If a human is kidnapped by an alien vessel and taken to another planet - and, for the sake of argument, let's assume that the alien life-form lives in a completely different environment from Earth'...

6 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Rodolfo Dias‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Rodolfo Dias‭

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Q&A Could genetic engineering enable humans to make use of titanium or some similar material instead of calcium for bone formation?

I'm planing to create "super powers" born out of genetic engineering, but I don't want magic miracle stuff like an x-man, I'm looking for a realistic approach, so overall can you modify the materia...

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

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Q&A Humans under different suns

What would humans look like if they were genetically suited for life under a giant orange star like Iota Draconis ? These would be people who were genetically indistinguishable from humans from ear...

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

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Q&A Could you engineer a baby for a same sex couple?

Kikazaru and Protogon have been fierce rivals in the designer baby industry/artificial wombs since time and memorial, but Kikazaru is looking to finally best its rival by introducing a new scheme: ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭

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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 3y ago by C. Hess‭

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Q&A Genetically engineered Moray Eel?

Is it conceivable to genetically engineer a moray eel large enough to hunt and eat humans in its cave like habitat? It needs to have: armored skin that can withstand gunfire good all around swim...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by JTriptych‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by JTriptych‭

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Q&A How to modify DNA without using computers?

I would like for a civilization to be very good at bio-engineering, but I do not know how they would be able to modify DNA to suit their purposes, with greater things than breeding can bring. For e...

8 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by OneSurvivor‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by OneSurvivor‭

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Q&A What does the physiology and biochemistry of a vacuum adapted post-human look like? Part 5: Senses

I am a post-human adapted for permanent life in vacuum and micro-gravity. How might my physiology and biochemistry overcome the following challenges? Please note I have a strong cultural aversion ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Chairman Yang‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Chairman Yang‭

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Q&A Real DNA encryption (or at least making it hard to decode/change)

So I'm the owner of a startup which is going to make our lives easier with custom-DNA creatures! Our few first products are selling very well and nothing was wrong until last week's events. Anothe...

13 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by val says Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by val says Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A Bioengineered reversible sterility

The Humern empire is vast, unbelievably powerful and (in certain matters) brutally authoritarian. One such issue is that of reproduction. In order to ensure that all subjects of the Empire remain ...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Joe Bloggs‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Joe Bloggs‭

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Q&A Cybernetic Nucleic Acid

Let's say that a patient is in hospital suffering a terminal disease or at least a physical injury that's very expensive to treat. The only hope of salvation is to have artificial, or cybernetic, ...

7 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by JohnWDailey‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by JohnWDailey‭

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Q&A Is it possible to have detachable natural armor?

This is a partial extension to this question: What kind of natural armor would stop bullets? I was wondering if a creature could grow armor in such a way which would allow for it to detach a porti...

8 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by OneSurvivor‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by OneSurvivor‭

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Q&A Could the genetic makeup of two parents theoretically combine just right to make a superhuman, or at least semi-superhuman child?

Basically I want my character to have only gotten their powers through the luck of two parents with the right genes mixing. Technically, given enough time and enough generations of breeding, couldn...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Chris Culver‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Chris Culver‭

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Q&A Could a Large Marine Organism Develop an EMP Capable of Disabling Watercraft?

Let's say a genetically engineered organism (as large as a whale), capable of swimming and breathing underwater, have an EMP field as a form of defense against man-made watercraft like warships and...

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

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Q&A Keeping One's Figure - Myostatin Regulation

Background: I am working on a super soldier transhuman/posthuman concept for my fictional world. It takes the base human genome then uses genetic engineering to augment, delete, enhance, add, and ...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Eso Di‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Eso Di‭

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Q&A Creature Design Challenge- Extreme Gravity Flying Vertebrate

If you were tasking with creating a genetically engineered flying creature, capable of full powered flight on a (newly terraformed) planet with a surface gravity almost twice that of Earth's, do yo...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Aquar1animal‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Aquar1animal‭

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Q&A How CAN we scale up living creatures to be giant sized?

Piggybacking on this question: Can you simply scale up animals? how CAN we scale up living creatures to be giant sized? What would need to done to make truly giant animals (Dragons, Kong, Godzilla,...

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

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Q&A What's the most plausible way to bio-engineer an underground ecosystem, without photosynthesis, to produce oxygen?

Here's the full question: What's the most plausible way to bio-engineer an underground ecosystem, without using photosynthesis, so a mine system would not need an active air exchange system? (It w...

8 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by KernelOfChaos‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by KernelOfChaos‭

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Q&A Taxonomy of genetically engineered species

The Context I have a group of genetically engineered people known as 'crows'. Their genome has been meddled with significantly enough that they are unable to successfully reproduce with humans, bu...

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

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Q&A Valid justification for "GMO mech suit"

I'm writing a story about a group of humans (or humanoid people) that are living on a spaceship that's orbiting a planet with high gravity; the force is too much for direct human involvement. There...

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

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Q&A Biological mechanism for complex life to operate in high temperatures

How could complex life like humans of or other animals evolve to exist in temperatures in excess of 100 degrees centigrade. This does not need to be natural as long as it can in theory be achieved ...

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

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Q&A Methods to Implant Serial Numbers in/on Clones

I am writing a science fiction story with mass produced clones. Since I have a number of clone I need to tell them apart. The ID system must be: Permanent over the lifetime of the clone (call it ...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Englishman Bob‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Englishman Bob‭

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Q&A Effects of a Different muscular Fiber structure

So my society can genetically engineer using Retro-viral vectors specially designed to work on only the subject they are injected into. I wanted my police force to be locked in a struggle with orga...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by TCAT117‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by TCAT117‭

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Q&A What would be the consequences of these biological changes to a human

So let's say you changed a human's DNA to give him: a thick exoskeleton that is a lot like that of a mantis shrimp (to make him bullet-proof) very small holes all over his body to use to breathe ...

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

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Q&A Why would a species of intelligent parthenogenetics invent males?

In this hypothetical world, evolution occurs as it should. (Not to run afoul of any genetic diversity requirements of evolution; some simple viruses have aided in the genetic shifting process). But...

14 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Ayelis‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Ayelis‭

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Q&A Anatomically reasonable respiratory system for human-derived merfolk

This question considers the respiratory apparatus of an aquatic (or amphibious) species descended from engineered humans. The history of the species provides a relevant constraint. While the scien...

8 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Lok‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Lok‭