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Genetic engineering to cure a disease leading to a worldwide apocalypse - how plausible is it? [closed]

I'm planning on writing a story in a post-apocalyptic world where normal humans are hunted by genetically modified predators, both human and otherwise. However, I first actually need to create this ...
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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 ...
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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 (...
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How can I avoid scientific genetic engineering in a story about a biological creature's DNA manipulation?

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 ...
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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 stored ...
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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 tanks?)...
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GMO Agriculture - Medieval farming with modern day seeds and advanced robots, how hard or how easy could it be to be rich using them?

Let's just say that you are stuck in a different world. You found a biological research and production starship wreck... You decided to have GMO plants/seeds agriculture on your land that you bought ...
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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 ...
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Could women become as strong as men while still having less muscle mass? [closed]

My story includes a government plan to create woman who are as strong as an average man. The biggest factor in the sex-strength difference is muscle mass as far as I know. However, the ratio of fast-...
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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 ...
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GMO brains / Basic emotions

I am writing a dystopia and in this world people have been genetically modified for decades to a degree that their emotional abilities are super basic and especially the ability to feel pain is ...
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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 a ...
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Could a Weapon of Mass Destruction, targeting only humans, be developed?

Specifically, if deployed on a town. The buildings, animals (flora and fauna) would be completely untouched, but not a single human would survive the blow. Secondly, if this is possible, what gene, ...
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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 his ...
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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 because ...
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Could an all-male society exist?

I'd like to create a sci-fi story with a country or planet where only men are allowed to live and they use in vitro gametogenesis and ectogenesis (artificial womb) to have children without any woman. ...
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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 ...
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How would a military counter the use of genetically modified insects used to defeat CBRN protective gear?

One military has developed insects with strong jaws capable of chewing through the weaker parts of CBRN (Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense) gear and then injecting neurotoxins ...
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How can existing cattle and poultry farming (housing/processing) be modified to accommodate human food stock?

This is a follow up question to the one below: How can existing methods of plumping, genetic modification, and gmo feeding be altered to accommodate the need for plumper, meatier human food stock? ...
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How can existing methods of plumping, genetic modification, and gmo feeding be altered to accommodate the need for plumper, meatier human food stock?

I am an orc warboss called "The Beast" who has invaded earth and enslaved humanity. You humies are a worthless sprcies that have accomplished nothing of note in your civilizations throughout history. ...
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Is it possible to engineer airborne Ebola?

In my world, a mad scientist wanted to end humanity and he was looking for something with a high mortality rate. He found Ebola. But it's not airborne though. Could it be possible to genetically ...
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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 materials ...
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Modern-day genetically engineered monsters – what's possible? [closed]

I'm a budding mad scientist working in my backyard, with access to about 10,000 dollars' budget, a genius aptitude for genetic engineering, and garden tools. I've got some kind of backstory to avenge, ...
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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 earth, ...
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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: ...
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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 swimming ...
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How to achieve physical gender equality? [closed]

Now, I am constructing a human-like civilization that has more advanced technology than our own. They share genes through sexual reproduction. I hope in this world, there will be fewer rapes caused ...
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How can genetic enchancements allow male and female sports leagues to intertwine with each other?

The human race is divided into two variants: male and female. The former is generally more dominant physically due to its size, making them bigger, stronger, and faster. They are predisposed to being ...
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Would it be possible to genetically engineer Dragons? [duplicate]

DRAGONS. ARE THEY POSSIBLE? By current genetic engineering..? no. But let's say somehow we got shot 200 years into the future?! Would you think it would be possible scientifically? Defining "...
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Genetic modifications for the ultimate office drone?

In a dystopian future, genetic editing, stem cell research and cloning have become commonplace. Humans in embryo can be genetically modified and designed to a immense variation; some people can give ...
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Genetic altering to make human lungs strong enough to process water [duplicate]

I am aware that human lungs can't process water due to other reasons, but I am working on a setting that has genetically altered humans of various degrees and one of them can breathe water and air. I ...
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Can An Adult Be Genetically Engineered? [duplicate]

Would be possible to apply genetic changes (like splicing in a radiation hardening gene) to an adult human? With near future technology, like advanced forms of CRISPR? Or can things like that only be ...
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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 to ...
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How could an AI be in the real world organically and humanely (not in a robotic body)? [closed]

Say I have some artificial intelligence characters in a virtual reality world that my human characters have bonded with in ways of friendship, romance, etc before they find out they're AI. How would ...
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Genetically created centaur for combat purposes

Edit: In an attempt to not make a gigantic wall of text, I ended up cutting important information from the question. I have re-elaborated the question for better understanding of the setting. Sorry ...
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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. Another ...
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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 ...
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Can genetic modifications become hereditary? [closed]

Could genetic modifications become hereditary over time? If so could they evolve over time similar to regular genes? For example making carbon fibre bones for whatever reason would they eventually ...
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Why might a species create a biological torture species?

So, their is an ancient species I’m creating, and their names are simply “The Progenitors”. They existed over 3 million years ago, I’m the Milky Way Galaxy, but sometime 1 million years ago, the ...
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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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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't ...
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How do I measure the stages of futuristic genetic engineering development? [closed]

Please note this question was originally asked and deleted by the user Era. I've chosen to resurrect the question with slight modifications because I think it is deserving of and will foster ...
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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 ...
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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 you ...
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Could genetic engineering be used to create a fully emotionless person?

I was thinking about the 47 character of Hitman and I thought if in the future genetic engineering could be used to create a person with no emotions and feelings at all.How could this be achieved?...
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Is this genetically enhanced human possible?

Imagine a human which could deliver electrical shocks for example by touching someone. He could shock with different intensities from a harmful shock to knocking out a person. Of course he could ...
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Radiotrophic Fungus Organelles

The question is basically summed up in the title but here is some context: Context I got a character who has been genetically engineered to handle high doses of radiation exposure (50,000 grays) and ...
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Will be possible to create sentient animals and intelligent humanoid animals with Genetic Engineering? [closed]

I mean will be possible someday to create animals that are sentient and as intelligent as humans with Genetic Engineering?And humanoid animals that walk, talk and have personality and rights like ...
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Genetically altering soldiers to be capable of doing missions in an aquatic environment?

So, in the mid 25th century, humanity has become a space faring race, with about 10,000 planets under control of Earth. There are many different ecosystems on different planets, from normal ones, like ...
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Realistic Mythical Creatures [closed]

What mythological creatures could be realistically created? In my world, there are people capable of advanced genetic creation and manipulation. I was just wondering what creatures would be plausible ...