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Superbabies can walk right from birth. How many times are they stronger than a normal baby?

XXIII century genetic engineering creates superbabies that can walk straight out of the LDR (labor, delivery, and recovery) room right after being born. These superbabies are enhanced by a set integer ...
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Could a human metamorphosis work?

I was playing Resident Evil 6 and I was wondering if it could be possible with the help of a virus to make humans metamorphose. The girl in the videogame basically turns into a chrysalis and by the ...
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Toxin Adaptations

How could humans be modified to be immune to tetradotoxin, as well as be given the ability to secrete it, like a newt or pufferfish? It appears to be possible at a minute level to be resistant to it: ...
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Species modification [closed]

Let's say for purely cosmetic reasons, a group of people on Earth who wanted to colonize other worlds to form some kind of galactic empire decided to modify their outward appearance. Prior to doing ...
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Can my optic nerve work?

I'm writing a cyberpunk book and I'm trying to make it as hard-science as possible, my cyborgs have artificial eyes and an artificial optic nerve made of cyanobacteria inside a cable that transmit the ...
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Electroreceptor Organ For Picking Up Radio Waves

Amplifying the range of your senses in order to perceive the most information from the environment is a common theme in my futuristic setting, and it's (amongst other means) achieved by genetic ...
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Can my organism retain its memories?

In my world there is an organism that goes through a phase where its brain melts like goo and re-forms but not within the same structure, could my organism remember its past memories?
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How could an animal grow hair overnight?

I am trying to create scientifically accurate werewolves. Of course, werewolves are not really possible, but I am trying to make mine as believable as possible. How could they quickly grow hair/fur in ...
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Genetic engineering for "natural selection" in a single individual [closed]

Yes, I KNOW that evolution is a process that occurs through many generations via random mutations and natural selection, but in a world where humans have found a cure for aging and have mind backups ...
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programing genetic memory (or; the hard way to get your kids to clean their room.)

Is genetic memory in higher life forms real? if so can, in theory, an organism be programed for a specific behavior or set of skills? Ie: if genetic memory is a mechanism that does exist, at what ...
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Are current electrodes as good and fast as optic nerves transmiting information?

I'm writing a cyberpunk book where people can regain their vision by connecting an artifical eye and the optic nerve would be replaced by a electrode, is it possible? Ignoring the rejection and ...
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Can my organism see? [closed]

The aliens on my book have two human like eyes but instead of a retina they have a layer of bacteria with the proteins that cones and rods produce! Could my aliens see?
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Implications Of Peak Humans in Sports [closed]

In a world where genetic mods can substancially alter people's physiology even after they've reached maturity, do you think that sports that are physical conditioning based will die out in favor of ...
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Ideal height for space marine super soldier? [closed]

Let’s say you want to create a powerful genetically engineered group of space marines. The main changes we’ll be making are, in order: increased musculature increased bone strength Increased eyesight ...
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Regenerating brain could get rewired differently after getting damaged?

So, the protagonist of the story I'm developing is not a normal human, she was basically a guinea pig for illegal genetic experiments when this whole CRISPR thing was still a novelty(AKA "now&...
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The absolute limits of photosynthesis [closed]

I have found that some crops, like sugarcane, have a photosynthetic efficiency of 12%. Using extensive genetic modification and eliminating all natural barriers, like light wavelength, chloroplast ...
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Is it possble to modify the whole population by introducing a small modified sample into the genepool?

I found a paper on genetical modification of mosquitos disrupting malaria. There is an intresting excerpt conserning proliferation of a desired gene into whole population: All gametes arising from ...
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Ways and reasons for AI and genetic engineering to be absent when cyborgs are commonplace? [closed]

So, I want to create a world where cyborgs are commonplace but genetic engineering is absent and AI has not progressed much beyond what was available in the late 2010s; at first, I thought that a ...
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Is a religion which allows cyborgs but not AI or genetic engineering realistic? [closed]

On an alternate Earth I am designing, the entire industrialised world is dominated by a single religion. This religion has many denominations, but in all of them both genetic engineering and advanced ...
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How would an adult artificial human behave after they exit the biofabricator?

If a company or organization that uses a bioprinter or an advanced artificial womb that can grow full organisms using synthetic genomes and cells in a short time created a new species of replicants ...
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Why would artificial beings originally created as pets think that this made them the perfect beings without beings worse pets?

For the longest time, I was unsure as to why the aliens in my story would have the anatomy they do; They were created through genetic engineering, so how they evolved is not an issue, but their ...
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How to built a molecular timer into a bioweapon?

Following COVID and having watched far too many zombie movies, I started thinking about an optimal design for a biological weapon. Symptoms wise I believe a modified version of rabies sounds ...
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Would many parents use In Vitro Gametogenesis and Designer Baby technology to choose to have girls with Complete Androgen insensitivity Syndrome? [closed]

I have been reading about Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome and from what I understood these women have features like being more beautiful and more attractive than the average, lack of periods, ...
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Organic replacement for AI

I’d like to go into a bit of backstory for my setting before I ask my question. I want to create a space opera setting that is set nearly 60,000 years in the future. Humanity has developed space ...
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Despite scientific advancements that can eliminate all birth defects, why would incest still be a taboo?

First and foremost: do we all agree that the main reason that incest or inbreeding is bad is because it leads to the passing down of recessive genes and these birth defects can severely impact the ...
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Would many parents use Designer Baby technology to make their children have Asperger Syndrome?

I have Asperger Syndrome and I was thinking if in a future which parents can use Genetic Engineering to choose the characteristics of their offspring many of them would choose their children to have ...
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Shortest pregnancy length possible using artificial womb technology [closed]

Let's say that genetic engineering can make a baby be born far less than 8 - 9 months and since the artificial womb is a device it would not have the metabolism limitations that a real womb have so ...
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If a civilization has biotechnology, why do they still prefer mechanical augmentations?

Background This is a sci-fi setting. People there have advanced biotechnologies, being able to edit the genetic code of embryos (governmentally enforced to be strictly regulated and only for medical ...
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Would human life expectancy increase by a significant amount of years if all organs had the regrow/self-repair ability that the liver does?

The world has come to regularly use genetic modification for cosmetic purposes, hair colour, eye colour, height, etc, relatively useless stuff. A breakthrough has been made that has produced the first ...
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Near-biological immortality and cancer immunity via repurposing telomeres

TL;DR: I have solved aging and cancer with the power of handwaving and genetic science. All rejoice. Yes, there is a question at the end of this all, but you have to read it for it to make sense. In ...
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Maximizing crop yields

Ladies and gentleman, today we were summoned by the Agro-nerd council with one unique mission: we must take a single acre of land and feed the largest amount of people possible. But this isn't your ...
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What would be the easiest way for a personality-altering bioweapon to be transmitted?

So this bioweapon is a genetically-engineered microscopic parasite used by a certain government in a sort of revolution-turned-war. It works by making its host more paranoid, stressed and non-trusting ...
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A plausible scientific explanation for Late Cretaceous dinosaurs DNA to be preserved, and viable enough to be cloned (or closest recreation)

Worldbuilding, thank you for your time. I came to this site to ask a few questions and get advice, if possible, on a project I'm working on. I have always been a fan Turok, Dino Crissis, Cage of Eden, ...
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How can clientele be convinced to accept planned obsolescence built into their biological forms?

The human soul can now be uploaded into alternate biological bodies. These bodies are grown in utero in artifical wombs from human cells and grown to full adult form within a few years. These grown ...
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Cuisine for future enhanced humans

I just saw the new NileRed video on transforming cotton into cotton candy. I remembered a story I read a long time ago that had a throw-away topic, not part of the main story but just something that ...
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What would a human genetically modified to thrive in low gravity look like?

Really just what the title says. If a human was genetically reengineered (assume super-futuristic-magical level genetic engineering capabilities) for microgravity, what would be some likely changes? ...
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Turn everything into instinct [closed]

Looking at a person and recognizing their face as something human is a calculation done automatically by the brain that took 61 years of study to replicate into a camera. Some people are born without ...
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Could a genetically modified plant become a house?

I was checking out art made by Hyrotrioskjan on Deviantart and found his Nea project. One art piece features large genetically modified plants that are able to essentially house a community. These ...
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How could a genetically engineered creature possibly be dangerous to a modern military?

We hit a point in warfare very very long ago where no creature was truly dangerous to a modern military. But could a creature that is be made? This creature has to be able to pose a serious dangerous ...
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How could a genetically modified creature survive with only partial brain function?

How could a genetically modified creature survive with only partial brain function? Theses are large (8'8) genetically modified humanoids. The brain is also larger. They are also surgically augmented....
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How can mechanical processes designed to create demigods lead to less desirable results? [closed]

Mana is the energy and life force of an individual, as well as serve as a unique signature. An anathame is a weapon infused with the power of a god, in which only their mortal descendants can used. To ...
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Could genetically engineered horses make cavalry survivable on a battlefield with modern technology?

Could genetically engineered horses make cavalry survivable on a battlefield with modern technology? While machineguns made cavalry obsolete, could there be a way that horses could be modified to be ...
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Synthetic hydro carbon based Life

This question includes Genuine Artificial intelligence as life so long as it is self replicating and sapient. Hard science only please. Can a sapient self replicating entity be designed to exclusively ...
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How could powerful, roughly humanoid but difficult-to-control creatures be used in combat? [closed]

How could a large amount of powerful roughly humanoid but difficult to control creatures be used? They are available in large amounts as by by products of creating more effective & useable ...
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How could difficult to control & dangerous creatures be used in combat? [closed]

How could difficult to control & dangerous creatures be used in combat? They are available in large amounts as by by products of creating more effective & useable creatures & they are ...
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How would natural gene-editing ability help a species to the space age?

I've been thinking through the feasibility of a species; I won't give a ton of details since it's all pretty fluid at the moment. The big thing I'm curious about is whether their bodies having a ...
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How would a plant like entity use animals?

The land is covered in structures of green coloring. Some look like igloos and some have veins pulsating and moving slowly with membranes which seem to almost be breathing the way lungs do. Some of ...
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growing and farming metals

Is there any biological or environmental factor stopping animals or plants to be farmed for their metal absorbing qualities? Consider we are also counting creatures created through selective breeding, ...
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How could a living biological sword survive a spaceship crash and then isolation for millennia?

A sword with a blade made of metal, or the least, it looks metallic, shiny and clean. A sword as old or probably older than our civilization, it has writings on the blade, never seen before, never ...
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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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