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  1. #1 Creating a plant animal hybrid. 
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    Would it be possible to combine plant genes with animal genes to form an animal plant hybrid. The hybrid would have plant matter in the skin to collect sunlight for energy. It would be hairless to maximize sun exposure.
    Perhaps it would have an special organ inside it to digest the matter created from photosynthesis into usable protein.
    Perhaps it would grow plant matter fused skin leaves on its back to absorb carbon dioxide and maximizes sun exposure.
    Perhaps these animals could be raised for food. They would save money and resources by feeding off the sun and not animal feed. They would instead be given special vitamins to ensure the hybrids are elementally compensated.
    Could it be done now or in the near future.


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    No, not now or in the near future and maybe not even in the far future.


     

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    Honestly it might be possible in a few hundred years or so. Computers will be smarter, our understanding of genetics will be greater, perhaps we will have nano technology.
     

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    Please provide some evidence to support your assertion.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeteorWayne
    Please provide some evidence to support your assertion.
    Moore's law.
     

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    Ok, so, assuming that is sufficient evidence, I don't think we would be able to gradually introduce plant genes into animal genes easily. You would, in this case, be required to build the genome from the ground up, creating every strand of DNA from scratch or somewhat near scratch.
     

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    Cocoa plants and cow's, chocolate milk, yum.
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    The sci-fi idea in the OP is far beyond anything we could be capable of, and I doubt the feasibility of it in the future. Plant-animal genetic chimeras do, however, already exist. Single genes can quite easily be inserted into plants from animals, or from plants into certain animals.
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    Well nature got close elysia chorotica solar powered so its close.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeteorWayne View Post
    Please provide some evidence to support your assertion.
    there is a sea slug that has been shown to manufacture its own chlorophyll take a look might be a foot in the door google Elysia_chlorotica on a seperate note why don't sea slugs die in salty water but regular slugs fizzle melt and die when they touch salt.... hmmm only one answer slugs = awsome and adaptable!
     

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    Because they are not "slugs" in the land living gastropod sense, but an entirely different group of molluscs
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    not a very satisfying answer, but I suppose it makes sense. its so strange how two creatures can look so simaler and have such distinct differences... wonder how they taist side by side :9
     

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    The both evolved from a common molluscan ancestor, with nudibranchs staying aquatic and some gastropods leaving the water to dwell on land (a much lower salt environment).
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    It's unlikely we'd ever be able to create a hybrid, but perhaps in the far future we may be able to combine them in some kind of symbiotic fashion. Or maybe even plant-animal chimeras, in the even further future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmatt9876 View Post
    Would it be possible to combine plant genes with animal genes to form an animal plant hybrid. The hybrid would have plant matter in the skin to collect sunlight for energy. It would be hairless to maximize sun exposure.
    Perhaps it would have an special organ inside it to digest the matter created from photosynthesis into usable protein.
    Perhaps it would grow plant matter fused skin leaves on its back to absorb carbon dioxide and maximizes sun exposure.
    Perhaps these animals could be raised for food. They would save money and resources by feeding off the sun and not animal feed. They would instead be given special vitamins to ensure the hybrids are elementally compensated.
    Could it be done now or in the near future.
    Plant-animal hybrids already exist:

    List of symbiotic relationships - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    They are called symbiosis.
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    I can't be bothered to do it again but I once worked out that giving humans the power to photosynthesis would only give them about 1% more power and oxygen. May be quite a benefit to a see slug due to the square/cube rule but it wouldn't be worth the effort for anything much bigger.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmatt9876 View Post
    Would it be possible to combine plant genes with animal genes to form an animal plant hybrid. The hybrid would have plant matter in the skin to collect sunlight for energy. It would be hairless to maximize sun exposure.
    Perhaps it would have an special organ inside it to digest the matter created from photosynthesis into usable protein.
    Perhaps it would grow plant matter fused skin leaves on its back to absorb carbon dioxide and maximizes sun exposure.
    Perhaps these animals could be raised for food. They would save money and resources by feeding off the sun and not animal feed. They would instead be given special vitamins to ensure the hybrids are elementally compensated.
    Could it be done now or in the near future.
    actually, this topic has been discussed in this forum many times.
    Inserting Chloroplasts into Animal Cells
     

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    Animals have porphorines which are almost exactly like choroblasts. The disorder porpheria happens when porphorines build up and migrate to the skin where they put off electricity, and burn the skin.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jose503 View Post
    Animals have porphorines which are almost exactly like choroblasts. The disorder porpheria happens when porphorines build up and migrate to the skin where they put off electricity, and burn the skin.
    point?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jose503 View Post
    where they put off electricity
    No.
    (And it's porphyrins).
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