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Subject: How could you blend human and animal DNA to create a soldier?
Miles    3/7/2007 12:29:34 AM
For my story, I'm looking for a good idea of how my Super Beast Soldiers could be created. My first idea is that they start out as humans after they're born, and then after seventeen years they begin to transform into a perfect hybrid. What are your ideas?
 
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Jeff_F_F       3/8/2007 1:20:49 AM
If you are breeding them to be soldiers from the beginning why not raise them separately as a dedicated warrior caste. As to transforming near adulthood, a lot of morphological changes would have to occur in a very short period of time. Compare the enormous anatomical differences between a dog and a human for example.
 
BTW, for a look at how human-animal hybrid cultures might function differently than human ones, check out the Anita Blake books by Laurell K. Hamilton.
 
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Jeff_F_F       3/8/2007 1:23:50 AM
Also, the optimum athletic, fighting, and combat skill sets of a hybrid human are going to be very different than a human. You'd have to relearn how to run, jump, climb fight, everything. A person or animals youth is where they learn the basic skills of living, and if the soldier tranforms at 17, all of that is wasted.
 
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BLUIE006    DArk ANGEL   3/8/2007 5:22:52 AM
 
 Have you  every seen the   TV show dark angel.....thats exactly  the  PLOT .... animal & human Hybrids -----
 
---  and the  best bit is ........it  stars jessica alba
 
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andyf    dna   3/8/2007 10:49:04 AM
just give em chimpanzee muscles, theyre 5x stronger than us
only drawback is they might all look like G W Bush
 
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Jeff_F_F       3/8/2007 6:41:04 PM
Chimpanze and human DNA is something like 98% identical. It wouldn't be hard, or the other way around to augment chimp intellegence. I'm assuming you are thinking something more exotic, in which case my above objection applies.
 
"Oh, I'm sorry your leg is now configured completely differently than when you were a kid because your foot is as long as your shin and you get to learn to walk and run all over again. It will be worth it because you'll be able to run twice as fast and jump at least twice as far, but it will take a few years. It doesn't help that when you were learning to walk and run the first time your brain was physiologically reconfiguring itself to support the rapid learning of these new skills, whereas now your brain's structure is set in stone. As soon as you are done crawling around we'll start training you as a super soldier."
 
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