Anonymous - Monday, September 6th, 2010 - 6:44 PM
Would it be theoretically possible to create say a Griffin? My picture is definitely related and is worth a read should you have the opportunity.
It is about a cryptozoologist who tries to create a griffin, I wont say anymore for fear of ruining the book.
No. 12015 - Merde - September 8th, 2010 - 2:58 PM
I haven't read the book, but if the method for creating it is selective breeding then sadly no, species have to have very similar DNA in order to produce viable offspring.
I don't know much about genetics, but maybe in a few generations a living griffin would be plausible, though unlikely, as no one but a wealthy private investor would fund the creation of something like that.
No. 12016 - Anonymous - September 22nd, 2010 - 1:08 PM
Selective breeding is out, but you can splice DNA fairly easily if you have the tools. Quite a few years back they succeeded in splicing a bunny rabbit with glowing moss. So a griffin is very do-able! Though as a proper mad scientist I expect you to work hard on getting this done... start with biology and genetic research!
No. 12017 - Anonymous - September 24th, 2010 - 7:33 AM
no that is ridiculous, not that any other method of making a griffin is any more realistic but I will look into it or something similar anyway. Maybe start with something smaller like a Squirtle.
No. 12018 - Pedonymous - October 7th, 2010 - 7:54 AM
Actually, something like that would be more difficult than a Griffin. Consider a Squirtle. It's blue, it has an odd puffy tail, is bipedal, and is able to attack while still in its shell. A griffin is simply an eagle with a second set of limbs.
No. 16560 - HowardLoreid Watcher - October 19th, 2010 - 8:10 PM
I'd be satisfied if someone settled for making stuffed creatures with real animal parts, kinda like the figi mermaid of P.T. Barnum.
No. 18090 - Anonymous - January 11th, 2011 - 3:48 AM
but squirtle has no insides. it is an empty shell (pardon the pun) filled with bubbles. i actually have something to show you guys, as soon as i work out how to get it off my video camera.
i was considering getting in to taxidermy. if i do, i will make some things and upload them here.
No. 20053 - Dor - January 6th, 2012 - 11:24 AM
No. 20055 - Zebus Vampire - January 8th, 2012 - 6:34 PM
I would surmise that via genetic manipulation, but that level of technology is pretty far beyond what we have. I'm thinking at least half a century, if not a full one. I'm surprised nobody asked the obvious question, why exactly do you want to create one? Rule of Awesome or some other reason?
No. 20056 - Arclight - January 9th, 2012 - 11:14 AM
DNA doesn't work like that. Hybridizing an eagle and a lion via gene splicing wouldn't result in anything close to a griffin. In fact, you'd probably end up with either a viable, if mutated, embryo, or a complete failure. This kind of thing would require advancement of Robert White's theories on full-body transplantation.
No. 20057 - Zebus Vampire - January 9th, 2012 - 4:00 PM
Hence me surmising it might be possible, given a century or so.
No. 20060 - Dor - January 11th, 2012 - 4:42 PM
Immediate reaction to 'full-body transplantation'- can we make one and stick my brain in it?
No. 20061 - Arclight - January 12th, 2012 - 2:18 PM
If you can make it, a brain transplant is (relatively speaking) simple. Hell, in the '60s, Robert White actually performed about a dozen head transplants on rhesus monkeys. At least half survived the surgery, which would in theory be easier on a human due to the size considerations. The real problem is linking the new head to the body. A head transplant patient would be completely paralyzed, and unable to regulate basic functions such as breathing thanks to severing the vagus nerve.
No. 20141 - Anonymous - February 19th, 2012 - 8:02 AM
I'm pretty sure any type of brain is made specifically for the body it was created with in the first place. A human body has a totally different chemical composition to that of say, a lion, so sticking your brain in one would be like throwing a land-based animal into the ocean and expecting it to survive. However, I too would like to experience being in a predator's body and run around growling at people, but I'd probably just end up sniffing at a lot of butts.