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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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How to stop genetically modified bacteria from creating a catastrophic greenhouse effect?

I'm here on behalf of the Antarctic People's Liberation Front. Some call me a terrorist, but really, I'm just trying to build a better life for my people. Earth is a beautiful place, full of bright ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Is it medically possible to give someone super strength with gene editing?

I'm trying to find a reasonable medical explanation for a normal-looking human having around 10x the strength of the general population, defined for the sake of easily-measurable goals as the amount ...
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Is it feasible an organic laser (Superman´s heat vision)? [duplicate]

We are all familiar with Superman´s heat vision: an intense light beam (generally red) that can burn and melt most of the solids it crosses. My question is: ¿Is it possible for an organism (naturally ...
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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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How to make humans compatible with a high pressure CO2 atmosphere?

We've found a habitable planet around Procyon and do have the technology to settle it. However, it is in the outer part of its systems habitable zone. So while it has a well-developed and mostly ...
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Could the canopy of a Dyson Tree actually work?

Piggybacking on Q: What is required to make a Dyson Tree a feasible space habitat? So I recently came across the concept of the Dyson Tree (I’d already heard of the Dyson Sphere). For those who don’t ...
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Ideal large flightless bird for domesticated* cattle [closed]

Ideal large flightless bird 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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Ideal large flightless birds for domesticated* cattle [duplicate]

Ideal large flightless birds for domesticated cattle (Just a note about this question being a duplicate. Some of the points people raised on a basis to close the question were fair and some... weren't....
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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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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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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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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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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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Could a human receive an eye transplant from other animals? [closed]

So one of the aspects of my science fiction world is genetic manipulation and modification of humans by one of the factions. I am wanting to have a subset of humans who receive a single eye transplant,...
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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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Could you give a human chromatophores?

We all know the usual staples of genetically-engineered super-soldiers. Rattlesnake DNA to see in the dark etc etc. But what about a modification that's a little more exotic, and far more advantageous ...
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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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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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