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24th Aug '17 6:39:52 PM Amahn
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** In the 4th book, ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheMind'', the characters theorize that the "Descoladores", the race which created and disseminated the Descolada, may live off a variation of this trope. As part of the question of where they lay on the Hierarchy of Foreignness it's put forth that they may communicate through viral-like molecules that the receiver integrates into their DNA. Furthermore they appear to use the Descolada as a means of terraforming, making it possible that it is as much a part of their own biology as it became to the population of Lusitania.



* ''Series/StargateSG1'', "Bane": Teal'c is injected with alien bug DNA and starts mutating not even into a single bug, but into several of them at once. Not that the resolution was any better than the "science"... This might be reasonable if the bugs were parasites using him as a host but as they are claiming to alter his body by changing his DNA, they fail biology forever.

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'', "Bane": Teal'c is injected with alien bug DNA and starts mutating not even into a single bug, but into several of them at once. Not that the resolution was any better than the "science"... This might be reasonable if the bugs were parasites using him as a host but as they are claiming to alter his body by changing his DNA, they fail biology forever. Another interpretation, though still problematic but slightly less so (maybe?), would make the insects act like a cross between a virus and cancer, reprogramming the victim's cell's DNA to start creating insect cells - like a virus - which grow - like a tumor - into insect embryos.
3rd Jul '17 7:19:29 AM Lymantria
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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 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]].

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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 UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, London has fabricated elephants instead of cars, gecko/parrot hybrids are used to send messages and the Entente armies liberally use FabricatedAnimals fabricated animals to fight the Central Powers' [[SteamPunk giant]] [[HumongousMecha Walkers]].
25th Jun '17 3:55:43 PM Wyldchyld
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** Yes. You just can't apply [[FridgeLogic logic]] to [[FetishFuel that kind of show.]]
21st Jun '17 10:24:08 AM khalcyon2011
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* There's also the ''hox'' genes, discovered so far in a number of creatures (particularly fruit flies) which appear to control the physical structure of the body. Messing with them can produce major changes in the body of the target, such as the aforementioned eyeless (or legless, or legs-instead-of-eyes...) fruit flies, but is also often fatal. This is subject to the usual proviso of not affecting developed organisms.

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* There's also the ''hox'' genes, discovered so far in a number of creatures (particularly fruit flies) which appear to control the physical structure of the body. Messing with them can produce major changes in the body of the target, such as the aforementioned eyeless (or legless, or legs-instead-of-eyes...[[BodyHorror legs-instead-of-eyes]]...) fruit flies, but is also often fatal. This is subject to the usual proviso of not affecting developed organisms.
21st Jun '17 10:14:06 AM khalcyon2011
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* ''VideoGame/BioShock'' has "plasmids", genetic upgrades that instantly give you fantastic abilities like telekinesis or the ability to shoot fire, lightning, or ice from your hands. {{Handwave}}d by advanced scientific research into creating stem cells, but even that doesn't begin to explain it. In RealLife a plasmid is a ring of DNA which can indeed be used to perform a very limited version of LEGO Genetics, but only to transfer a small number of genes into cells (and only in bacteria). The game also allows the PC to take an active plasmid out of his genome, which is a lot less plausible. The explanation for all these abilities (and the driving force behind most of the plot points) is Rapture's form of {{Unobtainium}}, ADAM. Its exact functions are unclear, but it makes the Little Sisters (who produce ADAM via a sea slug implanted in their guts...yeah) virtually invincible, as any wound they sustain is healed almost instantly by [[HealingFactor accelerated cell division.]] It is also what allows gene splicing by injection, and is apparently very addictive.

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* ''VideoGame/BioShock'' has "plasmids", genetic upgrades that instantly give you fantastic abilities like telekinesis or the ability to shoot fire, lightning, or ice from your hands. {{Handwave}}d by advanced scientific research into creating stem cells, but even that doesn't begin to explain it. In RealLife a plasmid is a ring of DNA which can indeed be used to perform a very limited version of LEGO Genetics, but only to transfer a small number of genes into cells (and only in bacteria). The game also allows the PC to take an active plasmid out of his genome, which is a lot less plausible. The explanation for all these abilities (and the driving force behind most of the plot points) is Rapture's form of {{Unobtainium}}, ADAM. Its exact functions are unclear, but it makes the Little Sisters (who produce ADAM via a sea slug implanted in their guts...yeah) [[{{Squick}} yeah]]) virtually invincible, as any wound they sustain is healed almost instantly by [[HealingFactor accelerated cell division.]] It is also what allows gene splicing by injection, and is apparently very addictive.
21st May '17 3:21:03 PM nombretomado
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* All over the place in ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel''. Most ridiculously, TheWasp once injected herself with a genetic SuperSerum and within ''seconds'' gained the ability to grow 60 feet tall.

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* All over the place in ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel''. Most ridiculously, TheWasp ComicBook/TheWasp once injected herself with a genetic SuperSerum and within ''seconds'' gained the ability to grow 60 feet tall.
31st Mar '17 3:24:12 PM nombretomado
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* ''OrionsArm'', for all its much vaunted scientific accuracy, still features this trope in the form of splices (animals augmented with human DNA) and rianths (humans who added animal genes to themselves).

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* ''OrionsArm'', ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'', for all its much vaunted scientific accuracy, still features this trope in the form of splices (animals augmented with human DNA) and rianths (humans who added animal genes to themselves).
25th Feb '17 7:36:35 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''VideoGame/AVeryLongRopeToTheTopOfTheSky'': [[AvertedTrope Averted]], since Ivy and Mint aren't obviously "half-and-half" except inasmuch as would be entirely realistic; phenotypically, both [[UnSorcerer lack]] [[WingedHumanoid wings]], but Ivy has [[BlueEyes blue eyes]], which is a Lydian trait.

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* ''VideoGame/AVeryLongRopeToTheTopOfTheSky'': [[AvertedTrope Averted]], since Ivy and Mint aren't obviously "half-and-half" except inasmuch as would be entirely realistic; phenotypically, both [[UnSorcerer lack]] [[WingedHumanoid wings]], but Ivy has [[BlueEyes blue eyes]], eyes, which is a Lydian trait.
18th Feb '17 3:33:38 PM RisefromYourGrave
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* In ''TheWhywhyFamily'' episode about genetics, Micro and Scopo shrink down and go inside Zygo to show Victor how DNA works. Victor physically moves Zygo's genes around like building blocks, causing him to turn into a multitude of other animals.

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* In ''TheWhywhyFamily'' ''WesternAnimation/TheWhywhyFamily'' episode about genetics, Micro and Scopo shrink down and go inside Zygo to show Victor how DNA works. Victor physically moves Zygo's genes around like building blocks, causing him to turn into a multitude of other animals.



* This is basically everything Dr. Sevarius does in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. He even made his own Gargoyles by using bat DNA for wings, big cat DNA for sharp claws and teeth, & electric eel DNA to power the wing muscles, which also has the side-effect of allowing them to shoot electricity blasts. All he needs after that is [[spoiler: a live human to serve as a base.]] As if you didn't already see that coming.

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* This is basically everything Dr. Sevarius does in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. He even made his own Gargoyles by using bat DNA for wings, big cat DNA for sharp claws and teeth, & and electric eel DNA to power the wing muscles, which also has the side-effect of allowing them to shoot electricity blasts. All he needs after that is [[spoiler: a live human to serve as a base.]] As if you didn't already see that coming.



* This is [[Disney/LiloAndStitch Dr. Jumba]] [[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries Jookiba's]] bread-and-butter, having illegally created [[Characters/LiloAndStitchExperiments 629 genetic experiments]] for evil purposes using a variety of alien DNA. A little Hawaiian girl, however, turned these artificial aliens good[[note]]well, at least the first 626 of them[[/note]] thanks to the idea of ''[[TrueCompanions 'ohana]]'', making them one hell of a tight-knit BadassFamily of genetic alien "cousins".



* As revealed in the February 2012 coverstory of National Geographic Magazine, the distinctive traits of domestic dog breeds work like this.

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* As revealed in the February 2012 coverstory cover story of National Geographic Magazine, the distinctive traits of domestic dog breeds work like this.
8th Feb '17 10:34:47 PM Anddrix
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* In ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'' magic is genetically inherited through recessive genes, which author handled quite resonably... except for the main character, who has ''only'' recessive genes where there was choice (highly improbable in real life), giving Dora some [[CommonMarySueTraits mary-sueishness]], although narrator lampshades how improbable it is.

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* In ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'' magic is genetically inherited through recessive genes, which author handled quite resonably... except for the main character, who has ''only'' recessive genes where there was choice (highly improbable in real life), giving Dora some [[CommonMarySueTraits mary-sueishness]], although the narrator lampshades how improbable it is.
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