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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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Protecting Mars with no magnetosphere: Can genetic engineering help?

It is the year something-something, and the Sol system has been colonized. The Sun is surrounded by a growing cloud of habitats, Venus is a veritable garden world, Jupiter is being fed mass from the ...
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Improved lungs?

What needs to be improved or added to the structure (device) of human lungs to be able to filter toxic chemical compounds in the air (for example, in mines the air may contain nitrogen, methane, ...
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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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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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Can a Mad Science Experiment Involving Men and Horses REALLY Create a Realistic Centaur?

Lately, I've been looking at Google images of "centaur skeleton", but they don't look that convincing to me. The problem is whether or not the last human lumbar vertebra would be the right ...
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Practical reason for genetically engineering exotic skin colors in humans?

I am trying to come up with a non-aesthetic reason for a group of humans to have been genetically altered to have an exotic skin color. Purple, blue, green, red, I'm not particularly fussed about ...
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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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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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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 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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Valid justification for “GMO mech suit”

I'm writing a story about a group of humans (or humanoid people) that are living on a spaceship that's orbiting a planet with high gravity; the force is too much for direct human involvement. There ...
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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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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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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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Biological Features Necessary for a Humanoid to Have a Much Higher Rate of Reproduction?

So for this question there’s a Mad Scientist/Dark Lord that wants to engineer a race that can out breed mankind and carry him to victory. He has access to sufficiently advanced genetic engineering/...
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How to Subvert or Mind Control Human Worker Drones

Evil cyborgs, formerly humans, called the Overseers have set about building gargantuan megafactory arcologies that sprawl across the landscape. In order to keep the massive tangles of pipes and ...
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How could genetic engineering be used to create an opposite sex clone?

Do you think it will become possible to create opposite sex clones in the future? A male clone from a woman or a female clone from a man? I think it will become possible. To create a female clone ...
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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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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 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 a genetically enhanced wolf-based creature realistic?

I had an idea for a creature in my world: the enchanced canine. Basically, they were dogs, mostly German shepherds, that were used by a police organization in the United States. These policemen, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Genetically engineered organisms ideally designed to being cattle?

I have thought of a highly advanced civilization which species are comparably weak but much more intelligent and that is extremely advanced in genetic engineering that they replaced all of their ...
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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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Could genetic engineering be used to create a fully emotionless person?

I was thinking about the Hitman character of Agent 47 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 ...
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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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Why can't I activate bloodline abilities despite access to proper genetic material?

I am Incognito, a mad scientist who studies the bloodline abilities of specific clans. My research has led me to a small village which hosts a powerful family called the uchiha clan. These individuals ...
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Biological mechanism for complex life to operate in high temperatures

How could complex life like humans of or other animals evolve to exist in temperatures in excess of 100 degrees centigrade. This does not need to be natural as long as it can in theory be achieved and ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 can the human body be optimized, yet still be mostly human?

I've been curious for a while now about how much room we have left for evolution as a species, or at the very least, as a people, due to one of my projects involving genetically-engineered superhuman ...
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How to build a star-sized humanoid superorganism? [closed]

For whatever reason, humans in the far future want to build a star-scale humanoid creature. This massive lifeform would completely envelop a star in its chest area, turning the star into its "...
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GM SPORTS: A species designed for GOLF

The year is [Random number between 2100 and 3000]. I own a state-of-the-art GM laboratory with capacities to create any possible species, almost like in Spore Creature Creator. For my own amusement, I ...
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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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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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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? ...