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Is this super soldier viable and grounded?

Usually hard sci-fi and "nanomachines anything" don't work together, but your super-soldier has more serious issues that have to be addressed first. Don't bring a fist to a bomb fight. Even ...
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Will it be possible to prevent cancer by introducing ECC on genome?

Cellular biology already has error-correcting mechanisms that are far more sophisticated than simple codes like checksums or parity bits. For instance, one of the most common replication errors is the ...
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Is this super soldier viable and grounded?

Most of your Augmentations are Counter Productive The implant is also used as a cybernetic interface that will operate the Titan armor This one little detail derails your whole idea of what a super ...
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Will it be possible to prevent cancer by introducing ECC on genome?

If you're interested in genetic modifcations to suppress cancer, you might want to have a look at elephants and whales. Due to their large mass (and therefore high cell count) they're at a much higher ...
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Is this super soldier viable and grounded?

These aren't good soldiers. A few bullets will still punch through these guys, especially from larger caliber firearms. Explosives would also work just about the same. Any marignal increase to ...
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A Better Genetic Polymer?

Are you sure you want more stability and better error repair? At the end of the fair evolution is caused by random mutations which are caused by instability and/or non perfect repair. Too many ...
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Feasibility of a bio-engineered, floating tree lifeform in the Venusian atmosphere?

I worry that something the size of a tree may be very fragile. If it has a tiny leak it may start to fall. How about something smaller? How about an aerial version of a volvox colony. This would be a ...
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How could an alien race convert an Oxygen-Nitrogen atmosphere into a Methane one?

First of all, you need to get rid of the process which is releasing native Oxygen in the atmosphere. This means you need to wipe out any photosynthetic organism on the planet. Once you have done this, ...
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Feasibility of a bio-engineered, floating tree lifeform in the Venusian atmosphere?

Extracting water from the ambient sulfuric acid would be an incredible feat. Concentrated sulfuric acid will rip the water right out of carbohydrates, leaving a pile of carbon soaked with somewhat ...
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Is this super soldier viable and grounded?

A super-soldier may be the opposite of what you describe. In every recorded war since the Trojan one, wars are in the end settled by some poor infantryman going up to another one on the other side, ...
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How could an alien race convert an Oxygen-Nitrogen atmosphere into a Methane one?

Consider how your alien race uses methane for respiration Humans breathe oxygen because as an oxydizer, oxygen reacts readily with most carbohydrates to form CO2 and water. We obtain carbohydrates ...
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Is this super soldier viable and grounded?

Many have already pointed out the shortcomings of such soldiers and the physical impossibilities with some of the augmentations. My opinion is that as long as the story and characters are compelling ...
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Will it be possible to prevent cancer by introducing ECC on genome?

The great thing about the double helix is how it can be replicated. Take the strand, spit it, put the complementary acid opposite the nold one to get a new double helix. That's a simplification, of ...
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Is this super soldier viable and grounded?

I have a number of thoughts on this - firstly, as an Avid WH40K fan - Nice Adeptus Astartes you got there... Would be a shame if GW sued you for it... Jokes aside - let's talk through some of the ...
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Will it be possible to prevent cancer by introducing ECC on genome?

All life does this to a greater or lesser extend. Fungi do it to a much greater extent than most animals so that they can safely pump cytoplasm around between cells -- which is how they can pop up ...
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Will it be possible to prevent cancer by introducing ECC on genome?

Different species of animals have dramatically different cancer rates even when they are in the same environment. As explained in one scientific study: 50 to 90% of aged mice die of cancer, while in ...
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Xeno Nucleic acids on an ammonia planet

PNA lacks the charged phosphate groups that repel the complementary backbones of DNA strands, which causes it to bind more tightly to DNA and RNA than either do to themselves. It also makes it ...
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A Better Genetic Polymer?

If PNA synthesis happened in the cell in the same way peptide synthesis does it would have to be N terminus to C terminus, the reason is explained well here. While PNA can bind parallel or ...
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Is this super soldier viable and grounded?

Everyone else was not that impressed by your soldiers, so this answer tries hard to make them work anyways. First of all, this kind of soldier can be a great story tool. I fondly remember some all-...
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Is this super soldier viable and grounded?

Like the others have mentioned, it would be somewhat impractical to invest so much in such super soldier, when they could be eliminated conveniently through a drone strike. Instead of a super soldier ...
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Is this super soldier viable and grounded?

It has some problems and some advantages. For starters the bones. Lets use a car as an analogue. The human in the car is your organs, the body of the car is your bones. Early cars were solid, in an ...
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Will it be possible to prevent cancer by introducing ECC on genome?

As both the other answers currently points out, you will have to work hard to outperform the current solution. But it is possible. It is, however, very deep future tech. We do not know enough today ...
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Will it be possible to prevent cancer by introducing ECC on genome?

This is not going to be enough. Even the most sophisticated error-correction system is going to be ultimately overwhelmed by the sheer amount of carcinogenic junk our cells get filled with over time. ...
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