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Genetically engineering protection against flashbangs?

I'm referring specifically to the "flash" part of the flashbang (although advice on the bang part would also be appreciated). One animal feature besides night vision I thought might be useful to ...
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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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Would shortening a species lifespan increase the speed of technological advances?

So I am creating an Elven sub-species (working name is Techno Elf), these are elves that split off from the rest of the Elven society some time in the past. The reason for the split being that they ...
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How can an opposing civilzation survive when another civilization actively pursues genetic engineering?

If one civilization pursues genetic engineering to create superhumans with superior intellect and everything else, how can other civilizations maintain a balance of power, apart from doing the same.
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How useful would be genetic engineers of near future to human colony?

Two ships planned to establish first human colony of 250 persons to Mars are transported by unknown phenomenon into distant planet that is barely habitable link. Left without a choice to return to ...
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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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Would an animal with a huge sack that could fill with a light gas like Helium be able to float in the sky?

I am writing a book featured above the ground of Venus in the atmosphere. In my book I imagine that human colonists would have genetically engineered species to survive floating in the atmosphere. One ...
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What side effects would a genetically enhanced 10 times stronger human have?

I haven't seen my exact question answered in my research, so hopefully this is not a duplicate. I am building a world where the human race on another planet has a reason to genetically enhance ...
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How could the alien hybrids from the “Species” movies be approximated under real physics?

The hybrids were created when unseen aliens sent SETI a message explaining how to combine human and alien DNA. (Ignoring the scientific illiteracy and contradictions in the films) Under the ...
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How to design Hobbit to colonize extreme planet?

A Weyland-Yutani like conglomerate wants to colonize exoplanet in the habitable zone of the orange dwarf 0.75 M of the Sun. The planet has 2 X Earth diameter 3g surface gravity atmosphere 92% ...
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What good reason to raise an army of super-clones suffering from acute dementia? [closed]

Super-clone's specs as follows: grown from a sample of Captain America DNA. However we have engineered every clones to develop acute dementia, they will simply forget everything they have done in ...
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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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Feasibility of a gene bomb?

Let's say you're an alien and you want to make sure your species outlives your planet or whatever disaster you currently face, whether it be natural or engineered. You load up a bunch of self-...
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Electric biology

What modifications would be needed for a mammal, bird or reptile to work with electricity? For work I mean mostly think and move, for example it would need to eat in order to repair it's body, grow ...
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Best kind of creature to be capable of biologically spawning an 'ecosystem' with borrowed organic tissues?

In an old story of mine, there happened to be a species of humanoid who could produce a variety of mutants and hybrids from stolen and harvested DNA, sperm, and biological tissues. They would produce ...
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Without GMO's, when would we reach a population cap?

In the 1800's Malthus hypothesised that at some point we will run out of resources. With the introduction of GMO's, this problem no longer seems to be an issue for humanity. But what if some major ...
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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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Most effective method to prolong the life of a single person?

Let's assume that the dictator of a large and rich country is approximately 70 years old, and that signs of old age are showing, meaning that his death is not very far. Let's assume that the people of ...
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How to make GM/GMO children exceptionally loyal to one another?

In the not so distant future a man builds a remote doom fortress to design, create, and raise GM/GMO children. His plan is to nurture geniuses who can enact his dastardly plan to wipe out humanity, ...
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Group-minded alien species create alien human hybrids- why?

The aliens in question aren't of a hive mind in the strictest sense (instead of many drones answering to a leadership caste each organism acts as one cell, all of them are essentially 'the same rank')....
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A rapidly reproducing, lithotrophic slime mold

Assuming a lithotrophic slime mold were to be created, which metabolized iron, carbon dioxide and sulphur, and released, how much damage would it do? Let's say it was created to help manage landfills....
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Could a Retro-Virus be designed to accelerate random mutation?

Assuming a genetic engineer possessed sufficient knowledge and facilities, could they design a highly infectious Retro-Virus or Adenovirus, which would drastically increase the rate of random ...
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Potential downsides to a super-soldier heart-rate safety mechanism

Setting: Earth, no more than a century in the future. Premise: Certain US soldiers volunteer to receive genetic modifications that grant increased strength, endurance, and healing capabilities. Most ...
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DIY Genehacking: What can I do with it?

Assuming an average, fully developed adult man, what sort of changes could be made to his genome that would have a noticeable effect on his mind or body? To the best of our current scientific ...
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Is the DNA base of the currently living species able to change so much that supports the existence of “fairy tale” humans and animals? [closed]

A theory about One Piece comes to my mind recently: the series contain a lot of impossible, non-existent and "fairy tale"-like elements, such as various giant animals, bizarre cross-species, giant or ...
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is a dragon like this possible in the real world [closed]

is a dragon the length of 30-50 feet in length and 8 feet at the shoulders able to be created with modern technology in genetic engineering? in the inheritance series there is a physical and mental ...
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Genetically engineered de-evolution

Why might a species advanced enough to develop genetic engineering start a process by which their own genes, over hundreds of years, would get edited back to resemble their more primitive ancestors? ...
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What changes would we see in humans genetically engineered for combat?

I've got a group of humans who believe as a central tenet of their religion that humans should be as physically perfect as possible. In pursuit of this goal, they've spent a few hundred years applying ...
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Controlling Lab-Grown Limbs

It's not hard to imagine genetical engineering getting to the point where we can grow extra limbs, or design animals/animal parts from scratch. I was wondering how we could integrate custom designed ...
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Would it be possible to genetically engineer Unicorns?

Using today's (real) genetic engineering methods, would it be possible to engineer a horse with a single spiral horn? Maybe rub a horse on a narwhal? I know mythical Unicorns have other "powers", ...
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Using Mythology to Inspire Human Evolution [closed]

This scenario teeters on the verge of B-movie science fiction, but still, let's say that some ambitious scientist, who is an avid fan of mythology, uses that childhood obsession to test genetic ...
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Will changing the DNA change the hair structure/color taking into account the fact that it gets constantly renewed? [closed]

I have read this comment on the website "...changing the DNA will not change the phenotypical effects that were caused by the code! So if you change somebody genes so that his eye colour would have ...
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Humanoid species that can consciously “read” each other's DNA: plausibility and limitations

My premise is that there was a technologically advanced human-equivalent civilisation that eventually obliterated itself with weapons of mass destruction, but left behind a survivalist sect obsessed ...
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Why would a species of intelligent parthenogenetics invent males?

In this hypothetical world, evolution occurs as it should. (Not to run afoul of any genetic diversity requirements of evolution; some simple viruses have aided in the genetic shifting process). But ...
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Will bionanotechnology conserve humanity?

In distant future major breakthrough in bionanotechnology means longer life expectancy and free from diseases such as cold and cancer, billions of nanites flowing inside our body constantly repairs ...
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What can a human do if that one can modify their gene and have effect, while everybody else is normal? [closed]

What would happen if one (and only one) human could magically modify their genes, while everybody else and the laws of physics and biology remained the same? That effect wouldn't appear immediately. ...
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How much genetic variation between a human and an alien would allow the human and alien to have, even infertile, offspring?

Background: Human Origins: We originated from a space-faring civilization. A breakaway faction that hates advanced space level tech traveled here and set up shop before destroying their advanced ...
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How can I make humans not negatively affected by radiation?

My people are traveling in a generation ship. For some reason they can't make the ship radiation-proof. Their solution: genetically modify their descendants to be radiation proof. How could one modify ...
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What would be the effect of introducing genetically modified chimpanzees into human society?

I'm reading this article on speech in animals, and it made an interesting claim: chimpanzees and other non-human great apes posses the anatomy needed to vocalize words, they just don't use it to do so....
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Human survival without eating

In this question, the most "realistic" idea is to have the human have an oxygen tank strapped to his back and connected to his nose at all times (preferably through a mask of some sort). However, this ...
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Can a genetically modified human breathe something other than Earth's oxygen/nitrogen atmosphere?

If a human is kidnapped by an alien vessel and taken to another planet - and, for the sake of argument, let's assume that the alien life-form lives in a completely different environment from Earth's. ...
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Is it possible to genetically modify a being after birth?

In many stories we hear about people whose genetic structure is modified after they're born (Spider-man, The Fantastic 4 and practically any other superhero you care to mention). However current ...