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Questions about the process of creating genetically identical biological beings, either by reproductive processes or by technology or medicine.

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How is the Alien Parasite's Empire in my Story going to Justify Bans on Clone Bodies for the Parasites?

PREMISE: A sentient race of neural parasites is in a civil war between the Symbiotes, who've used their extensive knowledge of genetic engineering to alter themselves into symbiotes, and the Parasites ...
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population growth from a person alone [closed]

for context: an apocalypse has happened. Everyone dies with the exception of this one man. Assume that this man is able to stumble upon a cloning machine. Said machine can hold up to 10 babies. We ...
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Why didn't the military give T-rex clones a bigger more powerful arms?

In the near future we have the technology to clone prehistoric animals. Although it will not be the same as the original, certainly we can make a meaner version of it. Especially when it comes to ...
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What event could lead to a scenario in which society has collapsed, but cloning facilities still operate?

I have this scenario where the world was thrown into chaos by something and in this event, shortsighted governments launched assaults on numerous military and civilian targets, leading to the collapse ...
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Clone consciousness using fake childhoods. Is it plausible?

I am working on a sci-fi story and need a way to clone a person, body and mind. I also want it to be done without "far future technology" where anything goes. I want it to be simple and ...
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Space station stable population

An isolated space station that has 18 lab grown babies every day. The average lifespan is 120 years. What is the total size of the population for the birth death rate ratio to be even? Im having a ...
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Re Zero ; kill all and start over - what genes are associated with non violence

Anyone with a perfectionism mania would understand the urge to delete and destroy everything for the smallest mistake, the most insignificant impurities are disgusting and craze inducing from the ...
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Why would humans want "mindless" human clones and even be legal?

In a far future humanity has advanced in the fields of A.I./robotics and genetics. Every household has an A.I. and robots/androids serving them, but strangely the humans prefer mindless clones to ...
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Can we make our replicant by making an AI that observe us for our whole life

If we make an AI that observe our brain signals for the whole life, won't it be somehow our replicant. That computer would just think like ME. For example that computer should know what I would have ...
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In a world where everybody is a male or female clone of one person, how would reproduction work? Would inbreeding be an issue?

If they reproduce like normal humans, will their offspring be inbred, or genetically identical like everybody else? The only difference in any of the clones are the X and Y chromosomes.
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Is there a way for someone to be un-cloneable?

This story takes place about 300 years in the future and humanity has since come into contact with hundreds of alien races, you get the picture. Basically, I have this character who is half human and ...
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Feasibility of making a clone with the same identity

So you decide to clone yourself, obviously the clone is a infant, but other wise looks perfectly identical. However, you start to think of how your new clone could be perfectly like you, in body ...
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Not being able to recognize yourself as an old person [closed]

Let's say you are a young (20 something) clone of an old (over 80/90) person. Under what circumstances you'd be unable to recognize them as being... well, you? To make things even more complex, your ...
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I can send small things back in time 500 milliseconds, which item listed would be most profitable to teleclone? (without extortion)

CAVEAT: NO TERRORIST SOLUTIONS (Obvious answer to any new tech that destroys stuff is "use it for extortion." That cheap trick won't get rewarded here) I have a device similar to what ...
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Are "living" organ banks practical?

I was inspired by Dead Space which had cloned organ banks for transplants due to mining accidents. I honestly found this idea intriguing so what I'm wondering would it be practical or do better ...
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How to prove your identity in an extremely posthuman civilisation? [closed]

In my setting, the founders of the first transhumanist state, The Consensus, are considered to be somewhere between interesting and wise historical figures to some and are to others something akin to ...
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How can I regulate cloning as a form of insurance?

All religions in our world teach us that the soul is the sum of a human being and is eternal. It is a metaphysical form that exists separate from the body, and yet is intrinsically tied to it. The ...
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Why would an advanced civilization consist of clones, even if it's not necessary?

I'm currently designing an advanced peaceful alien civilization. In this civilization almost every individual has approximately a few hundred clones of themselves across their planet or even the ...
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How long would it take to revive an extinct race of people via cloning?

So there's this planet that, several decades earlier, suffered a massive famine and drought that made habitation impossible. Everyone still alive on this planet died, except for 2 escapees, both of ...
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Accidental cloning

So, there is a moderately advanced civilisation, teleportation, interplanetary missiles, interplanetary system transportation, cloning devices and the like, and the main character walks into a ...
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Cloning a fully grown adult?

So, as most of you know, cloning is possible, and is being practiced in our modern era. Cloning, usually, creates an baby with the exact same genetic code as the person they got the DNA from. The ...
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JFK has clones, is he still safe? [closed]

Premise Human cloning tends to discombobulate our moral compasses; the potential for scientific gain and the potential for abuse are vast. Now, contrast this moral dilemma with the public sentiment ...
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How much organic matter is required to make a clone?

The premise of my story is somewhat similar to Jurassic Park in that a creature needs to be replicated from very little remaining organic matter. In this case, though, the relevant material is not ...
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How to best use a cloning machine to get rich and powerful [duplicate]

Let's assume I've invented a cloning device that can house small items no bigger than 30cm x 30cm x 30cm. It creates a perfect 1:1 copy of whatever was placed ...
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Synthesis of Organic Life by a Machine

Given eggs and sperm, and the means to preserve them for centuries, could an artificially intelligent machine possibly produce its own "children", so to speak? Assume it has everything it and its ...
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Imitating the double body aspect of quantum entanglement with other tech…

I’m working on a scenario where one person can be at two places at the same time, kind of like a mirror version of themselves where the original person controls both bodies even though the two bodies ...
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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 150 ...
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Immortality via cloning [closed]

In this imaginary future (about 50 years from now), cloning functioning and viable healthy humans is possible. The procedure needs some stem cells that should be extracted just after your birth. Your ...
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How could we clone an alien?

Let's assume that sometime in the next year, we receive a transmission from deep space containing what appears to be blueprints of an alien genome. After extensive study and determining that the data ...
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New laws for clone marriage? [closed]

After the evil Cynndor aliens destroyed our ability to naturally reproduce, scientists perfected cloning techniques. But for some scientific reason, you can only reproduce with a clone of yourself of ...
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Sense of self in clones or copied of digtally uploaded minds [closed]

Will the clones have sense of self-identity of their own. What would be their relationship with their initiators (I don't know what such initials will be called!Clonees anyone?)If minds are uploaded ...
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Do children have to pay for their parents’ crimes? [closed]

Question: Do children have to pay for their parents’ crimes? This is a follow up question to my previous question (Who owns genes?), but with some added stuff. In this world, they also have memory ...
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How can cloning technοlogy result in the disappearance of male humans?

A person I know described to me their idea of a future world where the following developments will have taken place: 2057: Cloning is ethically acceptable and easily achieved 2117: The male-to-female ...
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What would be the psychological consequences of clones being synchronized on a regular basis?

When confronted with cloning which leaves the original alive, there is the known issue that the clone could want to replace the original (e.g. as seen in The 6th day). A shared consciousness is very ...
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How do you solve the copied consciousness conundrum without killing anyone?

What do digital immortality, teleportation, the show Doctor Who, and a horror game released in 2015 have in common? The idea of copied consciousness. Each of these examples relies on copying the ...
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How to get clones to look identical to original?

Far in the future, or not so far future, scientists finally manage to create healthy clones of animals and people. These clones, unlike the pioneering Dolly, will have no medical side effects and can ...
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First steps of a lab-grown soldier program

After the Paris Convention of 2037, robots in warfare have been globally forbidden in use of primary or secondary combat roles, and across the Earth nations began to disassemble their automated units. ...
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What would society be like if the world was populated by a chosen set of clones?

It's 100 years in the future, and we've decided to end all war and crime. How do we plan to accomplish this? Through rigorous study of personality theory and human interaction, we've identified 50 ...
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Do clones have fingerprints?

Do clones have fingerprints? Are they the same as their original? Fingerprints are based on your genes but are influenced by your birthing environment. Identical twins don't even have exactly the ...
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How do you produce fast grown working clones?

In story after sci-fi story you have images of clones stepping out of some sort of gooey bathtub or cloudy coffin type device. Be they a single doppelganger or whole clone armies. MY SETTING I am ...
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If everyone was cloned and the clones were a foot tall, how would the American government react? [closed]

Yesterday, some weird aliens decided to test their cloning device on earth. It blew up, and killed the aliens. However, it also created a one foot tall exact copy of everyone on earth. ( I shall call ...
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How might a machine to combine divergent experiences of two clones work?

With the recent glut of teleportation technologies showing up, we now have a situation where two [initially] identical copies of a person can exist at the same time. Consequently, while their brains ...
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What's the impact of a "cloning" teleporter?

Extending upon my prior question, could-a-viable-interstellar-civilization-form-with-this-technology. From what I've read there's two basic ideas which describe how teleportation might work: Destroy ...
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What can be the main political reason behind mass cloning of soldiers?

Cloning of human have been a taboo even in the late 21st century society, many nations still at odd with each other. Countries like China despite having the most population on Earth decided to clone ...
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How would cloned neanderthals fare in modern society?

We live in an age where cloning technology is close to being capable of bringing back extinct animals. Currently, there are research groups who are moving forward with efforts to clone the passenger ...
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