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How would the (US or world) economy recover if healthcare became unnecessary?

The year is 2019. Someone has taken the most cutting-edge AI technologies to create a machine. It was tasked with studying the DNA humans, and making them indestructible. A virus was created that ...
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What reason would give the most benefits to a Progenitor race for creating sub-races? [closed]

The question has been put On Hold while I develop another question in the Sandbox area of StackExchange. Didn't know about the Sandbox? Check it out: StackExchange Sandbox for Questions What reason ...
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Genetically-engineered extraterrestrial virus [closed]

I'm writing a story where an alien race of refugees comes to Earth and through their pollen they spread a virus. This virus was in fact, genetically engineered by the aliens as a means to propagate ...
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What would be the consequences of these biological changes to a human

So let's say you changed a human's DNA to give him: a thick exoskeleton that is a lot like that of a mantis shrimp (to make him bullet-proof) very small holes all over his body to use to breathe ...
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Genetically Modified Human Super Leaders [closed]

In my book set in the future, all of humanity has united under the leadership of a super race of genetically modified people called Overseers (numbering at least 1000) and has built a space (empire ...
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Could I use CRISPR on T-Rex so that it will ignore human being on the street?

Suppose T-Rex And Ever, a sister company of T-Rex Forever LLC tries to use advanced CRISPR technology to engineer a hybrid T-Rex so that it is still as aggressive as ever but will not be interested in ...
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Can Genetic Engineering Hurt? [closed]

One of the most infamous elements of science fiction is genetic engineering. Numerous times in the Star Trek universe, genetic engineering has been depicted as resulting in trouble and therefore ...
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What would be in a shuttle's survival kit for aliens trapped on a primitive planet?

The scenario: an alien crew has a shuttle landed on Earth in the 1980's. Their main ship is extremely damaged and beyond reach somewhere in the Milky Way. Their shuttle cannot escape Earth's ...
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How to Extend Female Fertility Period without Altering Current Pubescent Timing?

I would like to use CRISPr Cas9 technology to extend the life expectancy of my fictional civilizations. From what I understand, CRISPr could extend life by lengthening telomeres and improve quality of ...
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Is it possible to have detachable natural armor?

This is a partial extension to this question: What kind of natural armor would stop bullets? I was wondering if a creature could grow armor in such a way which would allow for it to detach a portion ...
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How to modify DNA without using computers?

I would like for a civilization to be very good at bio-engineering, but I do not know how they would be able to modify DNA to suit their purposes, with greater things than breeding can bring. For ...
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Anatomically reasonable respiratory system for human-derived merfolk

This question considers the respiratory apparatus of an aquatic (or amphibious) species descended from engineered humans. The history of the species provides a relevant constraint. While the science ...
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Killer Swarm Bio-weapons?

So I recently had this bizarre idea on using Swarming Wasps as Bio-weapons. (I'm going to simply use Bio-engineered wasps instead of bees for sake of less confusion on what the swarm is of) The ...
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Is a Biological whip a practical weapon? Pros and Cons?

I see a lot of this stuff in softcore fiction or high fantasy. A character or alien has some kind of bind or whipping ability, Either it's ribbons, bandages, Tentacles, Chains, vines, etc. Usually, ...
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Enhance our body by fusing It with better genes

Is it possible for a human body to became better by fusing it with new and better genes if other species? I played Mass Effect: Andromeda and this idea just doesn't come out of my head. I mean - ...
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Is my method of changing the genetics of humankind realistic? [closed]

Years after humans have discovered an ancient aliens ruins on a planet they realize that the animals were capable of amazing feats. Said ruins have activated and killed the vast majority of humankind. ...
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How would a biolectrical plant work?

I was wondering... If only we could make a GMO plant that could produce electricty thanks to bioelectricty. How could that be done, how could it produce a lot of energy, Also, how could we ...
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Why might it be desirable to engineer aquatic humans?

Consider a space opera sort of universe in which there exist communities of water-dwelling humanoids. These ocean people are derived from rootstock humans, descendants of genetically engineered human-...
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Are genetically engineered wyverns with my specifications possible?

In my post-apocalyptic iron age world meant to be a sci fi twist on fantasy tropes, wyvern like creatures simply known as fliers were said to have been originally created by a crazy billionaire as a ...
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Genetic engineering as an alternative to magnetosphere (radiation protection)

I am trying to figure out how to build a human colony on a moon (75% of Earth size) of a gas giant. Some details of the planetary system chosen for colonisation: K-type main sequence star (about 60% ...
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How would we engineer humans for space? [closed]

It's the year 2XXX. Humanity is on the verge of another dark age and our best minds look to the stars for escape. Unfortunately, a few centuries of expeditions have yielded some painful lessons on ...
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Little Big Planet

Doctor Eric Von Dufe may be a mad scientist, but he still has to work on his evil side. His latest plan? Create small versions of large animals and large versions of small animals. Assuming he has all ...
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What happens when genetics and popular politics collide? [closed]

Disclaimer: I understand that the question I'm about to pose has the potential, even the probability, of creating a firestorm response. I'm hoping it won't happen and thank everyone in advance for ...
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Is it possible to genetically modify mosquitoes to cause their extinction

In a story I am considering, a company modifies some mosquitoes so all their offspring will be male, and this is passed on to their children. So all ancestors will be male and eventually all the ...
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How to design genetically advanced humans [closed]

You are an AI, who wants to create an army of genetically advanced humans to fight normal humans. (What is left of them.) Not to protect yourself, you could simply use a small fraction of your robot ...
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Can Genetic Engineering Overcome Inbreeding (homozygosity) Among a Ruling Family Indefinitely?

Premise In the near future, a cult-like ruling family worships symmetry and condemns asymmetry. By association, they are condemning much of nature as there are many instances of asymmetry in nature (...
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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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What sort of cybernetic/genetic enhancements would make sense for cold-blooded soldiers leaving their natural habitat?

In the world I'm building, there's a race of sapient, technologically advanced lizard people, most of whom live in an enormous, climate-controlled city. Based on the answers to this question, it seems ...
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Is it possible to genetically modify human lungs to breathe Martian air?

I was wondering if it would be possible for humans to be genetically modified enough to the point where they could breathe Martian atmosphere? Could you alter lungs to process CO2 into O2? Would a ...
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Are genetically engineered dogs that snap and become disloyal plausible?

I am imaging a world in which a minor plot device is that there is a strain of dogs that were genetically engineered so that they are even more loyal than ordinary dogs at first, but at some point in ...
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Genetically modified timber wolves with Siamese cat coloring?

Ok I'm not exactly sure how to tag this or where to ask, but... Could someone create living, breeding-viable wolf adults with the genes responsible for Siamese points (as found in the cat breed), and ...
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Is a Captain America-like super soldier realistic?

It seems that genetic engineering is not as simple as walking into a doctor's office and paying for enhancement. There are always unforeseen situations that one must deal with. An increase in a ...
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How do I create a "love potion"?

Lets say in 2069 a big interstellar corporation needs to create a "love potion" to subdue a religious pacifist rebel group that refuses to reproduce until they get independence. This love potion ...
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What would the perfect human race be like? [closed]

In considering issues such as scientology for human cloning, disease-free DNA, agelessness and physical attributes such as personality, build and complexion; the question is, "what would the perfect ...
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How could a weaponized gene therapy evade detection?

A genetic engineer devises a symbiotic virus that permanently copies itself into the genome of its hosts and the germlines of all their descendants. The purpose of this virus is to genetically modify ...
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Cybernetic Nucleic Acid

Let's say that a patient is in hospital suffering a terminal disease or at least a physical injury that's very expensive to treat. The only hope of salvation is to have artificial, or cybernetic, DNA ...
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genetically engineered humans breathe underwater at extreme depths

Assume humans have the technology and motivation to genetically engineer humans capable of breathing underwater and on land. Also assume for this example mechanical technology is somewhat constrained ...
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Creating an organism without evolution in a lab environment

It's hard to create a new animal from scratch. If you genetically modify an existing species until it becomes a drastically different species, then implant the fertilized embryo in a female of the ...
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So we've removed human discomfort. What happens?

Introducing MDR Splicing™ (Minor Discomfort Removal) Evolution has prepared us for the worst. We are equipped to tell if we're in danger and deal with it - nature has perfectly tailored us to ...
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Can we use GM technology to make humans regenerate?

The axolotl is a critically endangered amphibian with the ability to regenerate limbs, organs, and even parts of its brain. In an age where genetic modification is being used more frequently than ...
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Creating New Life [closed]

Would it be feasible to genetically modify stem cells, from Earth, to create an entirely new sentient species?
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The perfect assassin [closed]

Imagine you are a scientist working for the government. Your employer asks you a strange request: to make the perfect assassin. He gives you the required minimum for this assassin: I.Q. of over 200, ...
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Could a humanoid be hematophagous (i.e., drink blood to survive) like a vampire?

Since blood is a fluid tissue rich in nutritious proteins and lipids that can be taken without great effort, it looks like hematophage animals would be above carnivores in the food chain. Animal ...
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How terrified would a modern human be 10,000 years in the future? [closed]

In our tale here, an advanced Physicist with an IQ of 160 finds himself flung 10,000 years into the future. There's a fantasy-scifi element early on explaining how an Ice covered Neanderthal is thawed ...
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Could CRISPR be used to create infectious cancer?

Or at the very least, could you use CRISPR to modify/activate certain genes associated with cancer and then dose people with that in large numbers (like in biological warfare) to cause a mass cancer ...
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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 ...