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Ideal large flightless bird(s) for domesticated* cattle [closed]

Ideal large flightless birds for domesticated cattle So, just to be clear, when I mean "giant birds", I mean the families that presently consist of giant flightless birds (think moas, emus, ...
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How reasonable is my “Chimera Virus”

I have in my series a group called "Chimeras". They were once normal humans but were exposed to an artificial gene-editing retrovirus known as the "chimera virus". The chimera ...
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Plant used-to-create genetically-engineered floating islands?

I was wondering after considering the trope of floating islands, genetically modified/genetically engineered plants that produce carbon nanotubes, which as a byproduct forming vacuum tubes as they ...
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It would be possible to make a shapeshifting human being with our current technology?

Genetic engineering, nanomachines, holograms, all of those could be considerated some kind of shapeshifting "power", however, it is way far fetched for our today technology (except genetic ...
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What would an erosion resistance ecological system look like?

I was thinking about how given a whole host of sci-fi scenarios, you end up with landmass but no form of geological activity or plate tectonics, and so ensuring you end up with a lot of scenarios ...
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With genetic modification, can we make naturally occurring popcorn?

I thought it would be interesting if someone made naturally occurring popcorn. Like if we made this genetically modified corn reached a certain temperature, the kernels would dry out and explode. but ...
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How would a “perfect” female fighter look like? [closed]

If one could "design" a female fighter, for example, by genetic engineering, what would be the optimal physical conditions? For example, is there a perfect size and weight? Would it really ...
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How strong can a species get with the help of genetic modification?

Basically, I have a species called the Aviares. When they started a colonization effort, they ended up getting stranded in the orbit of an extremely large planet. They ended up genetically modifying ...
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Is it possible for a genetically modified species to have bones made from a non natural material?

Now, let me explain. The context is that I have a species called the Aviares that have very brittle bones, so they can fly. Is it possible for them to be genetically modified to have their bones be ...
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Relative Difficulty in Editing Individual Genes in Adult Humans

Assuming it was possible to genetically engineer / modify an adult human, would certain genes be more difficult to edit than other genes and their associated phenotypes? Would this vary by the method ...
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Genetically modified fast growing Hardwood

In a near future setting (technology has progressed more or less at the current pace) would it be possible to have a genetically modified tree that has both the density and textile strength of ...
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Could you theoretically make a Human-like/Human-descended species breathe chlorine instead of oxygen?

What would be the major problems/issues from switching a Human lifeform from O2-based respiration to a Chlorine one? Would said lifeform require not only adaptations to the respiratory system, but ...
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Superpowers from a Blood Transfusion

Okay, in a lot of pop culture, blood transfusions can give you superpowers. In Metroid, Samus Aran was given Chozo blood to enhance her strength so that she can survive Zebes' gravity. Zebes having a ...
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Can a virus that causes forced evolution exist?

I recently watched a movie called The Cave. In the movie there's a group of spelunkers that get trapped in the cave with a bunch of blind monsters. towards the end of the movie, we find out that the ...
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Organic prosthetic limbs

I recently saw a video about axolotls, and in the video they say that a limb from axolotl can be placed on another axolotl and it would attach itself. could we genetically engineer limbs like that to ...
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How could civilization deal with a prion pandemic? [closed]

Prions are misfolded proteins that cause neurodegenerative diseases. They are smaller than viruses and they are the smallest known infectous pathogen. Somehow they could reproduce on their own and the ...
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How can the human body be optimized, yet still be mostly human?

I've been curious for a while now about how much room we have left for evolution as a species, or at the very least, as a people, due to one of my projects involving genetically-engineered superhuman ...
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Protecting Mars with no magnetosphere: Can genetic engineering help?

It is the year something-something, and the Sol system has been colonized. The Sun is surrounded by a growing cloud of habitats, Venus is a veritable garden world, Jupiter is being fed mass from the ...
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What adaptations would humans need to become partially aquatic (like otters, seals, etc.)?

Continuing from this discussion: Why might it be desirable to engineer aquatic humans? In a society in which humans have been bio-engineered for a partially marine lifestyle (I mentioned otters and ...
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Non-Cancer deadly illness affecting 10-13-yr-old girls, without genetic engineering insta-cure?

Like Non-Cancer terminal illness that can affect young (age 10-13) girls?, I have a major girl that needs to have a likely-terminal, repeatedly hospitalized, disease, but has a healthy sister. And it ...
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How could be a relatively “universal” eye?

In searching of a universal eye, I meant a photoreceptive organ which can have all/most of the best capacities of the known eyes. So, each type of eye or photoreceptive organ has a different function ...
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Biologically classifying a gene-spliced creature?

In my world, new wildlife and creatures have emerged due to the presence of radiation, genetic engineering, and have lead to new mutants and dangerous beasts stalking the Wastelands. A scientist in my ...
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What would Martian Life be like? [closed]

Basically what I'm asking is how would hypothetical life be able to survive on Mars? Would they need to be created from scratch in some effort to make life on seemingly uninhabitable worlds or ...
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How to Give An Ordinary Man Vampire Strength

One of the most overlooked traits of vampire biology is superhuman strength. In fact, Dracula himself was described as having the strength of twenty men. Now, this description posed a physical ...
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Strength/muscle mass limit for a human based creature?

So, in my world, I have a species of human-based mutant creatures called "Screamers". Genetically modified Homo Sapiens, these Screamers are one of the most dangerous beasts in the Wasteland....
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Is a genetically enhanced wolf-based creature realistic?

I had an idea for a creature in my world: the enchanced canine. Basically, they were dogs, mostly German shepherds, that were used by a police organization in the United States. These policemen, ...
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How could you modifying humans to make us resistant to technology addiction?

In a near future-tech scenario, mankind is plagued by rampant technology addiction to the point the point that it begins to threaten the overall stability of society. Tech companies have become more ...
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What would radiation-hardened human colonists look like?

I am designing a future history setting where humans develop the technologies of genetic engineering long before those needed for terraforming, yet at the same time they have access to some form of ...
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Can a Mad Science Experiment Involving Men and Horses REALLY Create a Realistic Centaur?

Lately, I've been looking at Google images of "centaur skeleton", but they don't look that convincing to me. The problem is whether or not the last human lumbar vertebra would be the right ...
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Genetically engineered organisms ideally designed to being cattle?

I have thought of a highly advanced civilization which species are comparably weak but much more intelligent and that is extremely advanced in genetic engineering that they replaced all of their ...
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How to build a star-sized humanoid superorganism? [closed]

For whatever reason, humans in the far future want to build a star-scale humanoid creature. This massive lifeform would completely envelop a star in its chest area, turning the star into its "...
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A human civilization genetically altered themselves to specialize in certain roles, why would it be naturaly undone after said civilization vanishes?

Architects were a rather weird civilization. You see, not only did they create servant races like demi-humans, but had also engineered themselves to be specialized in various areas. Here is the ...
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GM SPORTS: A species designed for playing TENNIS [duplicate]

The year is [Random number between 2100 and 3000]. I own a state-of-the-art GM laboratory with capacities to create any possible species, almost like in Spore Creature Creator. For my own amusement, I ...
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GM SPORTS: A species designed for GOLF

The year is [Random number between 2100 and 3000]. I own a state-of-the-art GM laboratory with capacities to create any possible species, almost like in Spore Creature Creator. For my own amusement, I ...
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Constant acceleration as artificial gravity. Would flipping over halfway still be comfortable?

My question isn't about whether constant acceleration can create artificial gravity, as I know that it can. I am thinking more about worldbuilding in the sense of a practical transportation system ...
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Plant bioforming for use around Jupiter

I'm sketching out a scenario for a relatively far-futuristic story wherein humans have spread throughout the solar system, using the extreme ends of bioforming and gene-splicing to supplement their ...
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Would drugs and 'eugenics' be the key to human offworld survival?

On my book, there are rules that all humans that leave earth or go to a new planet need to have the necessary biological upgrades to survive alien vessels, worlds, and cosmic issues that go hand-in-...
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Is it possible for a godzilla-like creature to be created using genetic modifications? [duplicate]

This 'Godzilla' should be THE godzilla featured in the films Godzilla, and Godzilla, King of The Monsters. Of course, the main issue will be the atomic breath. Is it physically possible, with mastery ...
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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 that ...
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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 child ...
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Would Simultaneously Hermaphroditic Humans Still be “Men” and “Women”?

When looking exclusively at the muscular and skeletal systems of male and female humans, on average, we'd find what scientists call "sexual dimorphism". Even their voices are sexually dimorphic--...
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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 ...
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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 to ...
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Practical reason for genetically engineering exotic skin colors in humans?

I am trying to come up with a non-aesthetic reason for a group of humans to have been genetically altered to have an exotic skin color. Purple, blue, green, red, I'm not particularly fussed about ...
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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 structures, ...
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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/...
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How could 3D Bioprinting and Synthetic Biology be used 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 3d ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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How could someone use genetics to place a skin tattoo on their descendants?

Imagine a world quite like our own, except where technology took a different turn. Instead of researching communication, transportation, the cosmos, and the general nature of the universe, scientists ...

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