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  1. #1 genetic engineering 
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    what is the likelyhood of someone gentically engineering living things, say an ant that is the size of a bear and can breath fire, half man half cow, etc, you get the drift, is this sort of thing far away, and if it isn't, what limitations does it hold? could we then genetically engineer people so they can run faster and jump higher, aditionally to that, break a bone, tear a ligament, and replace it instantly.


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    A fire breathing bear? Not very likely, since nature has not really given us any fire breathing animals at all. But a man with stronger resistances to diseases? Sure. A man who can hibernate? Why not? If this kind of technology is going to be useful to humans on the scale you are talking about, then we will probably be able to reproduce in men characteristics of other species.


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    There are trade-offs. If you want a super fast running man, then the heart, lungs, and airways must be larger, the legs bulging and covered in puffy veins. And your giant man will sport a relatively puny head and twerpy arms.

    Suppose you want a guy with six powerful arms. Then he's got to eat a lot more, so his gut will be enlarged... and so forth. The arms are cool, but the supporting system is grotesque.
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    Not necessarially. For the runner, all you need is a way to super-oxygenate the blood, and make the body able to deal with that much gas. For the arms, all you need is a skeletal structure that has an axis for each "shoulder." Maybe he will be a bit bigger, but not hugely so. Anyway, if he comes at you, Im sure you will only notice the six hands.
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