Genetically crossed animals

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Offline dr.satan

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« on: 18/05/2007 09:45:04 »
If we say in theory that combining certain features of animals was possible, what would you mad scientists create?
I would most likely go for a tiger, with the grunt of a sperm whale (very loud), a mouth of a great white, and the feet of a spider- to climb things. [::)] dangerous beast it would be  [B)] [B)] [xx(]
Be creative my naked scientist friends! [:o)] [:o]

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« Reply #1 on: 18/05/2007 12:13:15 »
I've always thought that a monkey with wings and gills would be good.  They could rule the land, the sea and the air!

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« Reply #2 on: 18/05/2007 17:46:52 »
well someone would create a real mermaid

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« Reply #3 on: 19/05/2007 11:35:21 »
I'd create a real dragon. Seriously. But there are laws against that kind of genetic play, aren't there?
Stefan
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« Reply #4 on: 19/05/2007 23:51:40 »
I'd create a real dragon. Seriously. But there are laws against that kind of genetic play, aren't there?

Not only are there no such laws, it is difficult to see how they would be applied since interspecies breeding is a long established tradition (just think of mules), so while this may be a more technological means of doing it, and pushes the boundaries of what is possible with it, but the concept is not new.

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« Reply #5 on: 20/05/2007 02:21:04 »
So if I was able to, I could genetically engineer a new creature, and there'd be no laws or regulations to stop me?
Stefan
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« Reply #6 on: 20/05/2007 03:58:27 »
Don't know what Australian law is like, but until recently there was a prohibition of hybrid human and non-human (even now, cloned humans cannot be allowed to exist more than a few weeks), but as far as I am aware, there is no prohibition on non-human hybrids in this country (and, as I said, I cannot see how it could be, since such hybrids pre-exists GMO technology).

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« Reply #7 on: 20/05/2007 06:41:30 »
Cool. Thanks for the info George :)
Stefan
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« Reply #8 on: 20/05/2007 21:30:15 »
I've always thought that a monkey with wings and gills would be good.  They could rule the land, the sea and the air!

Ben, Just think of the monkeys flying around raining poo -- worse than pigeons!
The mind is like a parachute. It works best when open.  -- A. Einstein