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It looks human, feels human, can walk and run like us and can even argue with us, but it do not possess DNA. Is it possible to create this homunculus?

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  • $\begingroup$ Well seeing as how DNA is what makes us... us, I would go out on a limb and say no. (By the way, not that it matters, I didn't vote on your question.) $\endgroup$ – Matt Woodspirit Oct 20 '15 at 4:15
  • $\begingroup$ How do you define "biological"? $\endgroup$ – sumelic Oct 20 '15 at 4:55
  • $\begingroup$ @sumelic: it is a living thing. $\endgroup$ – user6760 Oct 20 '15 at 5:11
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    $\begingroup$ How do you define "living"? (It seems likely to me that the most important part is just what you say in the question: that it looks and feels like a normal human.) $\endgroup$ – sumelic Oct 20 '15 at 5:16
  • $\begingroup$ @MattWoodspirit: I want to make a robot out out living tissues that can die like us and I don't want to make a clone of myself. Anyway I welcome down vote and appreciate much if accompanied with comments. $\endgroup$ – user6760 Oct 20 '15 at 5:21
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DNA stores information to build proteins necessary for body function. You need some information for basic biological function and robots firmware, and thus way to store it. If you want to make robot biological, I assume you don't want it to have mechanical/electronic memory either. If it wont use DNA for it either, you need to make up some new for of memory that will take on this function.

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Currently all biological 'living' materials that we are aware of have DNA/RNA. So if you want to cover your robot in 'flesh' that isn't some kind of rubber/plastic/neoprene etc. then either you have to invent an alternative to DNA or it will have DNA. It of course does not have to be human DNA that you use but some kind of DNA would be simplest if you want a 'biological' robot.

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TL;DR: Yes, as RNA can perform any function that DNA can.

I'm not sure why you would want to though, as DNA is used by cells as it is much more stable than RNA, unless that instability is the entire point.

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