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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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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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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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What would Martian Life be like? [closed]

Basically what I'm asking is how would hypothetical life be able to survive on Mars? Would they need to be created from scratch in some effort to make life on seemingly uninhabitable worlds or ...
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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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Can genetic modifications become hereditary? [closed]

Could genetic modifications become hereditary over time? If so could they evolve over time similar to regular genes? For example making carbon fibre bones for whatever reason would they eventually ...
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Why might a species create a biological torture species?

So, their is an ancient species I’m creating, and their names are simply “The Progenitors”. They existed over 3 million years ago, I’m the Milky Way Galaxy, but sometime 1 million years ago, the ...
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How can genetic enchancements allow male and female sports leagues to intertwine with each other?

The human race is divided into two variants: male and female. The former is generally more dominant physically due to its size, making them bigger, stronger, and faster. They are predisposed to being ...
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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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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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Genetic enhancements to breed docility, intelligence, empathy, and acceptance?

I'm beginning to build a post-apocalyptic world wherein rulers want to breed humanity in such a way that: 1) does not end up again in the ecological mess we see in the real world, and; 2) human beings ...
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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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Genetic altering to make human lungs strong enough to process water [duplicate]

I am aware that human lungs can't process water due to other reasons, but I am working on a setting that has genetically altered humans of various degrees and one of them can breathe water and air. I ...
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Effects of a Different muscular Fiber structure

So my society can genetically engineer using Retro-viral vectors specially designed to work on only the subject they are injected into. I wanted my police force to be locked in a struggle with ...
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Could a Large Marine Organism Develop an EMP Capable of Disabling Watercraft?

Let's say a genetically engineered organism (as large as a whale), capable of swimming and breathing underwater, have an EMP field as a form of defense against man-made watercraft like warships and ...
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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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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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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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Genetically engineered Moray Eel?

Is it conceivable to genetically engineer a moray eel large enough to hunt and eat humans in its cave like habitat? It needs to have: armored skin that can withstand gunfire good all around swimming ...
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Will be possible to create sentient animals and intelligent humanoid animals with Genetic Engineering? [closed]

I mean will be possible someday to create animals that are sentient and as intelligent as humans with Genetic Engineering?And humanoid animals that walk, talk and have personality and rights like ...
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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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Superpowers from a Blood Transfusion

Okay, in a lot of pop culture, blood transfusions can give you superpowers. In Metroid, Samus Aran was given Chozo blood to enhance her strength so that she can survive Zebes' gravity. Zebes having a ...
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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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GMO brains / Basic emotions

I am writing a dystopia and in this world people have been genetically modified for decades to a degree that their emotional abilities are super basic and especially the ability to feel pain is ...
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How can existing methods of plumping, genetic modification, and gmo feeding be altered to accommodate the need for plumper, meatier human food stock?

I am an orc warboss called "The Beast" who has invaded earth and enslaved humanity. You humies are a worthless sprcies that have accomplished nothing of note in your civilizations throughout history. ...
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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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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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Is it possible for a godzilla-like creature to be created using genetic modifications? [duplicate]

This 'Godzilla' should be THE godzilla featured in the films Godzilla, and Godzilla, King of The Monsters. Of course, the main issue will be the atomic breath. Is it physically possible, with mastery ...
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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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How do I measure the stages of futuristic genetic engineering development? [closed]

Please note this question was originally asked and deleted by the user Era. I've chosen to resurrect the question with slight modifications because I think it is deserving of and will foster ...
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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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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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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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GM SPORTS: A species designed for playing TENNIS [duplicate]

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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Could the genetic makeup of two parents theoretically combine just right to make a superhuman, or at least semi-superhuman child?

Basically I want my character to have only gotten their powers through the luck of two parents with the right genes mixing. Technically, given enough time and enough generations of breeding, couldn't ...
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Is this genetically enhanced human possible?

Imagine a human which could deliver electrical shocks for example by touching someone. He could shock with different intensities from a harmful shock to knocking out a person. Of course he could ...
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Realistic Mythical Creatures [closed]

What mythological creatures could be realistically created? In my world, there are people capable of advanced genetic creation and manipulation. I was just wondering what creatures would be plausible ...
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ideal virus for eco-terrorist [closed]

This is a follow up question to my earlier question what makes a disease deadly? In my book, the villain, a biology professor inspired by Ted Kaczynski, wants to revert humanity into a hunter ...
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What does the physiology and biochemistry of a vacuum adapted post-human look like? Part 5: Senses

I am a post-human adapted for permanent life in vacuum and micro-gravity. How might my physiology and biochemistry overcome the following challenges? Please note I have a strong cultural aversion to ...
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Would it be possible to genetically engineer a human immune to weapons? If so, up to what point? [closed]

I'd like to know exactly how much we could genetically engineer a human to be able to withstand any serious hit by a blunt object, a knife or sword slash, or a gun shot. Doing this with things like ...
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Why dwarf designer dinosaurs? [closed]

Set in the mediate future new gene splicing is the new game in the market, we took over an island in the pacific ocean and set up a a natural habitat for the dinosaurs free of any kind of human ...
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Humans under different suns

What would humans look like if they were genetically suited for life under a giant orange star like Iota Draconis ? These would be people who were genetically indistinguishable from humans from earth, ...
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Would it be possible to genetically engineer Dragons? [duplicate]

DRAGONS. ARE THEY POSSIBLE? By current genetic engineering..? no. But let's say somehow we got shot 200 years into the future?! Would you think it would be possible scientifically? Defining "...
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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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Would drugs and 'eugenics' be the key to human offworld survival?

On my book, there are rules that all humans that leave earth or go to a new planet need to have the necessary biological upgrades to survive alien vessels, worlds, and cosmic issues that go hand-in-...
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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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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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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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What adaptations would humans need to become partially aquatic (like otters, seals, etc.)?

Continuing from this discussion: Why might it be desirable to engineer aquatic humans? In a society in which humans have been bio-engineered for a partially marine lifestyle (I mentioned otters and ...
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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 ...