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Questions tagged [mutation]

For questions in which genes are randomly changed due to environmental factors or copying inaccuracy.

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How do humans with electric organs prevent self-electrocution?

In my world, a small population on an isolated island were bitten by radioactive electric eels while fishing. I read that the eels can send out carefully timed signals through their nervous systems ...
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Radiation causing mutations to pass on to offspring [duplicate]

The setting: In the future, Earth's population reaches over 70 billion individuals, all living under an authoritarian government. Culture, tech level and wealth are pretty monolithic and everywhere ...
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How can I explain why Screamers weren’t created in Hiroshima and Nagasaki’s aftermath's?

So, in my post-nuclear US, a form of mutant, called “Screamers” are somewhat prevalent. They are stronger and stockier than humans, and are hairless and greenish-beige pigmented. As it turns out, ...
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Horns on humans [duplicate]

I know this has already been asked but I did not quite understand the science of it. Say a mutation after birth leads to a person evolving horns. Could this trait get carried along genetically or is ...
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Growing a third arm

Since having (eg.) two arms is a result of evolution, how can we, considering modern technology, force embryos to grow another limb? Polymelia is known to me, but it is considered a birth defect. I ...
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Reproduction is limited by mutation [closed]

In the year 2020, a cosmic event caused large-scale mutation in humans. Every woman could reproduce only once in her lifetime. Two hundred years later, what would be the population and composition ...
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How is petrification by venom scientifically plausible?

In my book series (link here), there is a character named Rhys. Rhys is a highly mutated wasp whose mutation gave him the following benefits: His armor is immune to most of the medieval-style weapons ...
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Plausible cause of a family only giving birth to females?

I had an idea about a lineage supposedly cursed so that the women only give birth to more women, but I'm thinking that some outside force purposefully mutated/altered their DNA to cause the effect ...
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Could mutants be created from nuclear radiation?

Setting There’s a nuclear war and it ends the world. Most people evacuate to shelters, but most are left on the surface and die from the nuke itself or radiation poisoning. But, some people weren’t ...
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Can human evolve or mutate to become super powerful [closed]

I was wondering, if one day in the future it would be possible for humans to evolve (without tech embedded implants) to characters such as Goku, Hulk ,etc. Characters who are far physically superior ...
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Could Alice's hair send people to sleep without just knocking them out?

So recently I asked this question about Alice, the tips of whose hairs (body and head hairs) could (in that question, not this question) paralyze or poison people. I thought: what if her hairs only ...
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How would having toxic hairs affect the everyday/work life of a human?

Due to unknown reasons resulting in a fluke DNA mutation, with an incredibly low probability, a 'human' baby is born who is not quite human, the mutation being that the hairs are mildly toxic. This ...
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How do I make a new and interesting type of “Zombie” creature?

CODE DRIVER In my story, I want to have a world in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, but I also want it to feel different from any other interpretation out there. I call my monsters "Odd People" or "...
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Why would one build a spacecraft out of a gigantic mutated rat? [closed]

I’m working on a small story, where all the stars in the cosmos have turned into the size of tiny rats and rats have turned into the size of gigantic suns. This happened due to some sort of unknown ...
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How long would it take to transform a human into a space-ship and back?

This is not a very hard-science-fiction tale, but more about human relations and adaptability, but I still want it to sound plausible. A space faring civilisation that descend from humans uses bio-...
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How do you make a somatic mutation spread across all cells?

Toxic Spiders and Experiments Gone Wrong: Let's Talk About Comic Book Mutations Numerous superheroes get their powers after something mutates their cells. Perhaps it's a gamma ray, and results in ...
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How does the UK government react to a worldwide supernatural event?

Backstory In 2014 a meteorite lands in the British Countryside, and it's quickly discovered that the rock contains energised metals that are unique to Earth and whilst studying this rock it's also ...
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Speed of mutations

I'm planning on setting a story on Earth where the Sun is slowly becoming a red giant. I guess with so much solar activity and probably less atmosphere and magnetic field, the surface of our Earth ...
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Fell the phylogenetic tree

A top secret organization is planning to introduce a New World Order and replaces every human being (homo sapiens sapiens) with the evolved form of sub species of homo sapiens. Meaning we are sub ...
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Can one design a virus to have controlled mutations within a specific timeframe?

In the Sovereign Spirit Saga an airborne zombie virus spreads benignly through the world for a few weeks. The first to be infected spread it via the air and the virus was mutating slightly. Every ...