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28th Oct '17 1:41:08 PM Storygirl000
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* In ''Webcomic/Sonichu'', the only reason Black Sonichu (the resident Shadow the Hedgehog {{Expy}}) looks and acts the way he does is because someone spilled Cherry Cola on a sample of Sonichu's DNA while trying to clone him. [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Yes, really.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/Sonichu'', ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'', the only reason Black Sonichu (the resident Shadow the Hedgehog {{Expy}}) looks and acts the way he does is because someone spilled Cherry Cola on a sample of Sonichu's DNA while trying to clone him. [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Yes, really.]]
28th Oct '17 1:40:07 PM Storygirl000
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* In ''Webcomic/Sonichu'', the only reason Black Sonichu (the resident Shadow the Hedgehog {{Expy}}) looks and acts the way he does is because someone spilled Cherry Cola on a sample of Sonichu's DNA while trying to clone him. [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Yes, really.]]
21st Oct '17 4:05:28 AM Chabal2
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* {{ComicBook/Midnighter}} runs into 96th-century TimePolice with nowhere-near-normal resistance to damage, which they explain as having rhino genes somewhere.



* The Kroot, an allied species of the Tau Empire in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' use this as a means to evolve. By eating the flesh of another organism, a Kroot gains some of the traits its dinner had. For instance, a Kroot that consumes enough flying animals would eventually grow wings. Kroot chieftains, called Shapers, use their knowledge of Kroot genetics to pick out creatures with the most desirable traits for their kindred to eat, in order for their tribe to grow strong and conquer their foes. Their Tau allies see this as utterly barbaric, but value the Kroot's friendship over their habits.
** Technically it's the next generation of Kroot which gets the consumed abilities, in a hint of sanity in the flood of madness in 40k.

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* The Kroot, an allied species of the Tau Empire in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' use this as a means to evolve. By eating the flesh of another organism, a Kroot gains some of the traits its dinner had. For instance, a Kroot that consumes enough flying animals would eventually grow wings. Kroot chieftains, called Shapers, use their knowledge of Kroot genetics to pick out creatures with the most desirable traits for their kindred to eat, in order for their tribe to grow strong and conquer their foes. It's believed their ability to make primitive but functional guns comes from eating orks (whose mechanical and medical knowledge is genetic) Their Tau allies see this as utterly barbaric, but value the Kroot's friendship over their habits.
habits (it's hinted the kroot [[{{Troll}} know exactly how much their behavior disgusts other species and play it up accordingly]]).
** Technically it's the next generation of Kroot which gets the consumed abilities, in a hint of sanity in the flood of madness in 40k. The Kroot use various BeastsOfBattle (kroothounds, krootoxen, Knarlocs) whose ancestors all predominantly ate more of a single species, locking them into that path.
1st Oct '17 10:00:44 PM ADrago
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1st Oct '17 10:00:34 PM ADrago
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Since reality can be boring and [[CriticalResearchFailure writers can't be bothered]], you can expect [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs a great deal of frivolity]] in the media, with writers either fitting the above concepts or bending the plot ''further'' from accuracy. As such, expect scenes where patients [[EvolutionaryLevels "evolve" or "devolve"]] by [[ILoveNuclearPower radiation exposure]] while [[MrExposition an expository scientist]] throws around TechnoBabble near graphics of a spinning, [[PowerGlows glowing]] double helix.

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Since reality can be boring and [[CriticalResearchFailure writers can't be bothered]], you can expect [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs [[JustForFun/TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs a great deal of frivolity]] in the media, with writers either fitting the above concepts or bending the plot ''further'' from accuracy. As such, expect scenes where patients [[EvolutionaryLevels "evolve" or "devolve"]] by [[ILoveNuclearPower radiation exposure]] while [[MrExposition an expository scientist]] throws around TechnoBabble near graphics of a spinning, [[PowerGlows glowing]] double helix.
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.
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