I have a story based around DNA manipulation by biological creatures that evolved into what they are today, but can gain abilities by taking the DNA of other creatures.
The story is set in the present with the current technology we have, with the exception of more human-like robots than we are capable of now.
As the story is in the super powers / mythology genre how can I avoid science-based genetic engineering becoming more advanced than my creature's ability?
If the creature's ability gets into the hands of scientists, I can only imagine with our existing success with CRISPR and other work in the field plus all our other technological advances, scientific DNA possibilities would make the creatures almost pointless.
I'm also trying to avoid the creatures having a need to work with scientists to boost their power or help meet their needs.
So how can I give an almost correct view of our current technological abilities at present but almost ignore scientific genetic engineering maybe coupled with robotics or other technologies as they could easily trump my character?