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28th Sep '16 11:17:23 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', the gremlins find a genetics lab in the corporate office building and drink the genetic material, including, female DNA, spider DNA, bat DNA, and, uh, [[TheyJustDidntCare lightning DNA]] and gain the associated traits. Then again, what with the already questionable biology of the Gremlins, viewers could care less at this point.

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* In ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', the gremlins find a genetics lab in the corporate office building and drink the genetic material, including, female DNA, spider DNA, bat DNA, and, uh, [[TheyJustDidntCare lightning DNA]] DNA and gain the associated traits. Then again, what with the already questionable biology of the Gremlins, viewers could care less at this point.
6th Sep '16 6:55:41 PM Sharlee
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* The recent sequencing of the tardigrade genome suggest that these incredibly-tough, minute moss-dwellers tend to incorporate DNA from other organisms into their own at a remarkable rate. The mechanism has yet to be identified, but it's known that these tiny animals' chromosomes often break into fragments when they go dormant due to dryness, suggesting that the re-assembly process when they are rehydrated may not be too particular about whether the DNA fragments that are re-attached during their recovery are tardigrade or not.
2nd Sep '16 6:47:26 PM KingClark
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It should be noted, however, that gene therapy, which involves the alteration, addition or removal of existing genes in an adult organism, [[TruthInTelevision really does exist]], but it's currently not permanent in most cases. [[ScienceMarchesOn They're working on that, though]]. The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hox_gene Hox genes]] are also an interesting reflection of this trope in real life, as these primitive "blueprint" genes do in fact seem to serve as the legos the genome uses to assemble a body, whether that be a spider, a bird, or a llama. See the Analysis page for more on those.

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It should be noted, however, that gene therapy, which involves the alteration, addition or removal of existing genes in an adult organism, [[TruthInTelevision really does exist]], but it's currently not permanent in most cases. [[ScienceMarchesOn They're working on that, though]]. though.]] The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hox_gene Hox genes]] are also an interesting reflection of this trope in real life, as these primitive "blueprint" genes do in fact seem to serve as the legos the genome uses to assemble a body, whether that be a spider, a bird, or a llama. See the Analysis page for more on those.
30th Jul '16 11:00:08 AM nombretomado
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* The "Moreaus" (animal-human hybrids) in ''{{d20 Modern}}''. Also, the entire premise of the "Genetech" campaign setting (which extensively features the aforementioned hybrids in a battle against prejudice rather reminiscent of the X-Men films).

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* The "Moreaus" (animal-human hybrids) in ''{{d20 Modern}}''.''TabletopGame/D20Modern''. Also, the entire premise of the "Genetech" campaign setting (which extensively features the aforementioned hybrids in a battle against prejudice rather reminiscent of the X-Men films).
24th Jul '16 6:13:22 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Creatures}}'' is a rare aversion (at least partially). At least several "genes" go into the functioning of each organ, and let's not even get started on the ''brain''... The visible parts (head, limbs, etc.) can change in appearance with just one gene, but not be removed entirely or visibly duplicated (though the gene can be). (The "double tail" seen on certain C2 Norns, and the lack of tail on Ettins and some Norn breeds is a sprite thing.)

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* ''{{Creatures}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Creatures}}'' is a rare aversion (at least partially). At least several "genes" go into the functioning of each organ, and let's not even get started on the ''brain''... The visible parts (head, limbs, etc.) can change in appearance with just one gene, but not be removed entirely or visibly duplicated (though the gene can be). (The "double tail" seen on certain C2 Norns, and the lack of tail on Ettins and some Norn breeds is a sprite thing.)
10th Jun '16 1:16:54 PM Doug86
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* This is what diverges ''Literature/{{Leviathan}}'' from real history, because, when Darwin developed the Theory of Evolution, he also discovered DNA. Fifty years later, as the world gears up towards WorldWarI, London has fabricated elephants instead of cars, gecko/parrot hybrids are used to send messages and the Entente armies liberally use FabricatedAnimals to fight the Central Powers' [[SteamPunk giant]] [[HumongousMecha Walkers]].

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* This is what diverges ''Literature/{{Leviathan}}'' from real history, because, when Darwin developed the Theory of Evolution, he also discovered DNA. Fifty years later, as the world gears up towards WorldWarI, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, London has fabricated elephants instead of cars, gecko/parrot hybrids are used to send messages and the Entente armies liberally use FabricatedAnimals to fight the Central Powers' [[SteamPunk giant]] [[HumongousMecha Walkers]].
29th Apr '16 10:24:54 PM Homemaderat
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* In the 1980's ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' episode "Peril of the Reptilian," not only does Dr. Phorbus create his lizardman by combining human DNA with DNA from ''dinosaur bones'' he also has an entire island full of mix-n-matched dinosaurs such as a tyrannosaurus with pterodactyl wings, and a pterodactyl with a brontosaurus head and neck. (Since Phorbus touts the lizardman as his ultimate creation, these latter creatures seem to [[ForScience serve no purpose]].)

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* In the 1980's ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfJonnyQuest'' episode "Peril of the Reptilian," not only does Dr. Phorbus create his lizardman by combining human DNA with DNA from ''dinosaur bones'' he also has an entire island full of mix-n-matched dinosaurs such as a tyrannosaurus with pterodactyl wings, and a pterodactyl with a brontosaurus head and neck. (Since Phorbus touts the lizardman as his ultimate creation, these latter creatures seem to [[ForScience serve no purpose]].)
17th Apr '16 4:43:14 PM Quanyails
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* The logic of Cell's creation in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': he is a unique life form created from the combination of DNA from the strongest people to have been on Earth, such as Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo. Furthermore, he's born [[GeneticMemory knowing all their techniques]] and possesses all of their strengths. His DNA is formed from at least 4 species (Human, Sayain, Namekian, whatever Freeza and his father are) if not more (the various soldiers Freeza brings), and whatever splicing his cretor performed, allowing him to regrow lost limbs, get stronger from his life threatening injuries and survive the vacuum of space. It is worth noting however that part of his creation involved dozens on tiny cameras filming the various battles the main heroes have, learning their fighting styles and then collecting their genetic material. Cell also says that a lot of information (including prerecorded messages from his creator) was fed to him during his incubation stage, which explains how he knows the various moves and techniques he does

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* The logic of Cell's creation in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': he is a unique life form created from the combination of DNA from the strongest people to have been on Earth, such as Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo. Furthermore, he's born [[GeneticMemory knowing all their techniques]] and possesses all of their strengths. His DNA is formed from at least 4 species (Human, Sayain, Namekian, whatever Freeza and his father are) if not more (the various soldiers Freeza brings), and whatever splicing his cretor creator performed, allowing him to regrow lost limbs, get stronger from his life threatening injuries and survive the vacuum of space. It is worth noting however that part of his creation involved dozens on tiny cameras filming the various battles the main heroes have, learning their fighting styles and then collecting their genetic material. Cell also says that a lot of information (including prerecorded messages from his creator) was fed to him during his incubation stage, which explains how he knows the various moves and techniques he does
2nd Apr '16 2:29:56 AM Pichu-kun
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* The logic of Cell's creation in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': he is a unique life form created from the combination of DNA from the strongest people to have been on Earth, such as Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo. Furthermore, he's born [[GeneticMemory knowing all their techniques]] and possesses all of their strengths. His DNA is formed from at least 4 species (Human, Sayain, Namekian, whatever Freeza and his father are) if not more (the various soldiers Freeza brings), and whatever splicing his cretor performed, allowing him to regrow lost limbs, get stronger from his life threatening injuries and survive the vacuum of space
** It is worth noting however that part of his creation involved dozens on tiny cameras filming the various battles the main heroes have, learning their fighting styles and then collecting their genetic material. Cell also says that a lot of information (including prerecorded messages from his creator) was fed to him during his incubation stage, which explains how he knows the various moves and techniques he does

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* The logic of Cell's creation in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': he is a unique life form created from the combination of DNA from the strongest people to have been on Earth, such as Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo. Furthermore, he's born [[GeneticMemory knowing all their techniques]] and possesses all of their strengths. His DNA is formed from at least 4 species (Human, Sayain, Namekian, whatever Freeza and his father are) if not more (the various soldiers Freeza brings), and whatever splicing his cretor performed, allowing him to regrow lost limbs, get stronger from his life threatening injuries and survive the vacuum of space
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space. It is worth noting however that part of his creation involved dozens on tiny cameras filming the various battles the main heroes have, learning their fighting styles and then collecting their genetic material. Cell also says that a lot of information (including prerecorded messages from his creator) was fed to him during his incubation stage, which explains how he knows the various moves and techniques he does



* Sort of justified in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' with Yamato's backstory: Orochimaru wanted to recreate the First Hokage's unique powers over the bijuu, so he spliced Hashirama's DNA into that of sixty infants. This was kept within the same species, so it was not too far into the realm of lunacy, but ultimately Yamato was the only success. The other fifty-nine infants died.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
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Sort of justified in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' with Yamato's backstory: Orochimaru wanted to recreate the First Hokage's unique powers over the bijuu, so he spliced Hashirama's DNA into that of sixty infants. This was kept within the same species, so it was not too far into the realm of lunacy, but ultimately Yamato was the only success. The other fifty-nine infants died.



* In the first ''Film/SpiderMan1'', Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically-altered spider and develops super-strength, "SpiderSense," and the ability to climb walls among other {{Superhero}} powers ''overnight''. In the display room where he got bitten by the spider, we see a plasma screen showing the bits of DNA added to the spider to create the "super-spider." Later, there is a CGI sequence in which we see the rungs in the DNA double helix changing to the exact same colours as the spider's.
** Though it might help to not look at the CGI shots as literal, but more a creative way to show the audience what's happening quickly.

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* In the first ''Film/SpiderMan1'', Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically-altered spider and develops super-strength, "SpiderSense," and the ability to climb walls among other {{Superhero}} powers ''overnight''. In the display room where he got bitten by the spider, we see a plasma screen showing the bits of DNA added to the spider to create the "super-spider." Later, there is a CGI sequence in which we see the rungs in the DNA double helix changing to the exact same colours as the spider's.
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spider's. Though it might help to not look at the CGI shots as literal, but more a creative way to show the audience what's happening quickly.



* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' [[{{Supervillain}} villain]] [=DNAmy=]'s specialty: She combines living creatures to make MixAndMatchCritters.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
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[[{{Supervillain}} villain]] [=DNAmy=]'s specialty: She combines living creatures to make MixAndMatchCritters.
25th Mar '16 8:49:23 PM luisedgarf
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* In ''ComicBook/AlbedoErmaFelnaEDF'', and finally explained by WordOfGod, this is the way how the anthropomorphic population was created [[spoiler:by creating genes from scratch and creating a being who looks like a human with animal features along the way]].
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