Questions tagged [genetics]

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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 could civilization deal with a prion pandemic? [closed]

Prions are misfolded proteins that cause neurodegenerative diseases. They are smaller than viruses and they are the smallest known infectous pathogen. Somehow they could reproduce on their own and the ...
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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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A genetic disorder that makes people look like an elephant and a whale

I want to know if the genetic syndrome I invented is logical or just a total fiction. There are seven symptoms: Gigantism; Truncal obesity; Alopecia universalis (the complete absence of hair all over ...
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Genetic disorder that would be the opposite of achondroplasia

Achondroplasia is a form of dwarfism that is characterized by short members and normal-sized abdomen, torso, neck, and head. Could there be a form of gigantism that is characterized by long members ...
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Human-Alien Hybrid Babies (18+) [closed]

Okay, I have stories with interspecies sex, complete with viable offspring. What kind of gene editing would be needed for that to even work, and how would the resulting child's genes be expressed? And ...
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How different can an alien be from us if it is possible for us to have sex and procreate?

Aliens have arrived to Earth from the depths of space, and thankfully they are peaceful and only want to learn about us and interact with us. Despite some initial trepidation, first contact goes well ...
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Could cats sustain themselves in caves?

An odd question, yes, but a question I am asking anyway. I have a group of feral cats that lives in a cave system. They've lived down here for generations, and survival of the fittest weeded out the ...
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Plausibility of species with multi-colored skin

I am creating an intelligent humanoid species for DnD. I want them to have skin that has multiple colors. The colors would form patterns on the skin that would be random in each individual or could be ...
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What would determine the rate that a hereditary condition reveals itself after years of dormancy?

Long ago, an Eldritch deity was summoned to the city of Innsmouth within a ritual circle, where it was killed and consumed by the population. Devouring the flesh of the deity increased the mana supply ...
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Zodiac eugenics

Imagine a world slightly more developed then ours. For example internal combustion engines are becoming obsolete, they have fuel cells and electric cars. They also started using genetic engineering to ...
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Why can’t gene stealing parasites transform their hosts into magic users?

In my modern-day setting, people who use magic are called Fjǫlkunnigr, who gain four different powers based on core aspects of their personality called Megin. There are only three ways for someone to ...
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Linking genetic sex to a set of climate adaptations

My world is fairly chaotic, with the same 2/3 of it being completely broken up and remade in chunks such that the whole 2/3 is always completely different than it was ten years ago. So once species ...
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Founder’s effect causing the majority of people in a post-apocalyptic world to become colorblind?

So, in my world (or more rather the region in which my story takes place) when the nuclear war happened the majority of people survived in small, survivalist compounds, remote wilderness shelters, and ...
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Could polygamous family survive half siblings incest?

I'm worbuilding a situation about a polygamous family, consisting of a father, his several wives and their many children. They are cut off from their tribe, by highland rebellion which closed the only ...
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Genetic trait success tracking--is it possible?

Elf genetics works differently than the standard Darwinian model. Rather than success being determined by the gene-holder surviving and reproducing, genes are "tagged" with success levels at ...
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hypothetical population management scenario with a canind species with 1 males per 100 females

in this world, it's a number of small communities with a postindustrial level of technology where the male minority rules over the female majority with only one male born per a 100 females, with males ...
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Gene modification, does it give certainty or chances?

I don't believe this question is suited for Biology.SE, Medicine.SE, or any other stack, since it involves a real mechanism which is not applied in real life. And not every question has to be about ...
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How can enchancing a soldiers abilities decrease their life expectancy?

Griffith, a warlord from the ancient world, leads a group of mercenaries called "The band of the Hawk". They have achieved many victories and ultimately desire to build a kingdom of their own. ...
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Can an all-female species thrive to become divergent, despite their generic heritage from their mother?

In one of my stories, there's an alien species that are all female and are able to conceive through pathogenesis but I know this generically creates and an otherwise natural-born clone of the mother ...
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How do shapeshifters not get sick when copying other gene?

Imagine a certain group of intelligent species evolved the ability to edit their own RNA, manipulating the coding process to make proteins in their bodies. Why RNA you are forced to ask, well it's the ...
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Backwards-compatible Transhumanism: Is this feasible?

Let's say that we have a human society somewhere away from Earth which is psychologically ready for genetic transhumanism... perhaps humans just aren't coping with the environment, perhaps the local ...
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Why haven’t scientists found evidence of humans interbreeding with aliens?

In my alternative universe, Atlantis was a real city that existed, although it wasn’t called Atlantis or founded by humans. Atlantis or rather, Dosham was a city on an isolated landmass in the ...
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How small can I make this character without making it too weird?

I'm creating a character who was born after a long period of genetic instability, which created a lot more diversity throughout the human race. I'm planning on making my character excessively small ...
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Could triangular DNA exist?

This is sort of a follow up on my question Could a "multicellular" virus exist? in which part of the consensus was that viruses simply can't hold enough DNA. In theory, could DNA form in a ...
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Changing humans to their mirror image versions to become immune to infectious diseases

If we could replace DNA, RNA and the ribosomes in our cells by their mirror image versions, then everything would work in the same way, except that the chirality of all molecules would have been ...
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How can the effects of a Gene become weaker with each new offspring?

King Solomon, founder of the Solomonian Dynasty, was the first emperor of China. After he conquered the mainland, he gave his alchemists the single command of creating an elixir that would allow him ...
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How can antibodies induce a demigod transformation?

The Greek gods were sufficiently advanced aliens with access to powerful technology. In the begining of our worlds formation, Zeus created mankind from his own flesh. These mortals were made in their ...
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Effect of Prolonged Egg Diapause on Species

I have a species of megafaunal carnivore that are extremely mobile with territories spanning hundreds of square miles and lifespans of 120-150 years. They lay clutches of 2-3 eggs every 20-30 years,...
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What would happen if a black person used genetic modification to turn off the MC1R gene?

The MC1R gene turns pheomelanin into eumelanins but there are another kind of pehomelanin called pheochromes. So if a brunette or black person used a cosmetic gene therapy to turn off this gene how ...
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Could a species be able to be impregnated by anything?

Is there a way for a species to essentially become a living incubator of sorts? Not the other way around, as in Plausible ways for the alien species to be able to impregnate every and any species?, ...
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What abnormalities can result from long term cryogenic preservation?

Overlord Larmark is a scientist from the 21st century who is interested in world domination, and needs powerful generals to lead his armies. He looks to the ancient world, as only that time period has ...
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In a world with time travel, would it be possible to be your own mother's mother?

Given that you can travel back in time and have a baby there, or alternatively, send your baby back in time, would it be possible that this baby one day becomes your own mother (gives birth to you)? ...
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Can a population suffer from accidental inbreeding?

Consider a society that is both matrilineal and non-monogamous, such as Patrick Rothfuss' Adem from The Kingkiller Chronicles. For those unfamiliar with the work, there are basically two factors at ...
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Closed gene pool tribe after 800 years?

I'm leading my D&D party through an undiscovered land, where, as far as they know, no one comes back from. I want them to encounter an isolated tribe of as few people as possible -around 30 ...
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How much DNA half-siblings do share? [closed]

Title is pretty self explanatory, but how much DNA would half-siblings share if they had the same mother ? I'm asking for a very specific reason. I'm writing a book in which some boxes can only be ...
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How could 3D Bioprinting and Synthetic Biology be used for reproduction?

I think it will be possible in the far future to take a single person`s cells, genetically enhance and change them using genetic engineering and synthetic biology using new genes, and put it in a 3d ...
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How could someone use genetics to place a skin tattoo on their descendants?

Imagine a world quite like our own, except where technology took a different turn. Instead of researching communication, transportation, the cosmos, and the general nature of the universe, scientists ...
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How can the offspring of Gods always be completely human? [closed]

There exists a parallel universe next to ours called the warp, in which inhabit the Gods. These beings don't exist as physical entities, but abstract manifestations based on human emotions. Fear, hate,...
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What is the the most efficient way to design and administer an infertility plague?

My name is Adolf Palpatine, a kind and benevolent Buddhist monk on the path to enlightenment. I have figured out a way to game the system. By making a deal with a demon, I have gained the ability to ...
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How can a human male be made to produce sperm for another species?

An alien creature has secretly landed on earth, seeking to propagate itself among the local species. It studies the individual sexes of a race called humans and determined that the males would be more ...
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Did people have an idea of DNA in the 17th century? [closed]

I know that DNA was discovered later in time but during the 17th century, specifically around 1620 and onwards, would people have known anything about the idea of DNA? If so then how much would they ...
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What's the best way to store genetic material in a dystopian environment?

In this setting, the family unit is based around a clan system. An individual's wealth and status is related to the clan they are born in, and its ancestry is based on matrilineal lines. Due to ...
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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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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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Myelination in cephalopods

I am a complete amateur regarding biology, so please forgive me if this question is a little stupid. Could we ever create squids that have human-level intelligence and could serve as a replacement in ...
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Species where every individual looks the same

I was thinking for ideas for new species for the planet I'm currently worldbuilding, and it occur to me if there could be a species (humanoid) where everyone looked exactly the same, and if this could ...
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Decimating humanity though no daughters gene - when and where to introduce it?

At one point in the past, a man had a mutation on his Y chromosome. Anyone with the mutation would only produce Y sperm, and only have sons. My plan is to have this have a big impact that threatens to ...
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How does an all-female medieval country maintain itself?

Here's a question that came up while I was tinkering with a setting I'm working on. How would a small city-state, with a population in the tens of thousands, where all children were girls, sustain ...
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What are my “viral” humans harvesting from from my uninfected humans?

The following scenario takes place on Earth, sometime in the next few decades. An unethical biotech company has developed a deadly bioweapon that uses humans as a vector, almost like a suicide bomber ...

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