September 06, 2011
Support Genetic Engineering To Create Flying Pigs

Many wondrous things have been proclaimed as possible only "when pigs fly". Okay, if all manner of invention and human achievement will only become possible once pigs fly then shouldn't we make all haste to create genetically engineered flying pigs? This one bold stroke will usher in a new era of innovation.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2011 September 06 09:49 PM  Ideas

Botec said at September 7, 2011 4:40 AM:

It's obviously possible in principle for the distant descendants of modern pigs to modify their forelimbs into organs of aerial propulsion, or for sufficiently knowledgeable genetic engineers to achieve this more quickly. But, given the constraints of embryonic development, is there any DNA sequence which could produce an organism resembling a four-footed pig with additional bird wings, or a centaur, a sphinx, a harpy, a chimera or any other obviously, well, chimeric creature? (Excuse me, I've been conversing with Cleverbot. It makes all conversations end up like this)

Rich said at September 7, 2011 1:48 PM:

Has Future Pundit jumped the shark?

David A. Young said at September 8, 2011 9:02 AM:

I hope not. I hate it when good things "jump the shark." Therefore, we should genetically engineer flying sharks. That would make such occurrences much more unlikely.

Phillep Harding said at September 8, 2011 9:37 AM:

Assorted reptiles use modified ribs for wings. I'm not sure I'd want to sacrifice future BBQ ribs for that.

But the sharks, that's easy enough, figure out how to make the fins larger. Instincts would be more difficult. Great idea for reducing the seagull and pigeon population, though.

Brett Bellmore said at September 8, 2011 4:16 PM:

Hey, I'd trade BBQ pork wings for BBQ pork ribs any time. Crispy and pork is a great combination.

Seriously, though that's a good project for future genetic engineers: Re-engineering chickens to taste like shrimp, pork, beef. How many genes are involved in the difference in flavor between various species? Not too many, I'd guess.

ken anthony said at September 15, 2011 9:20 PM:

Don't forget the frikkin lasers.

dr vestra morerare said at January 22, 2014 12:29 AM:

how would you even make a four-legged winged pig? isn't that kind of impossible? i mean, six legs?

gejala stroke said at August 29, 2016 8:18 PM:

Gejala Storoke ringan dan cara menanganinya secara alami harus diperhatikan selalu secara serius , karena saat ini kasus penyakit stroke banyak terjadi dikalangan masyarakat dari mulai stroke ringan hingga stroke berat.
Meski yang dialami masih gejala stroke ringan tapi penanganannya harus secara tepat karena bisa berakibat fatal jika tidak diatasi dengan obat stroke yang ampuh. Sebelum kita membahas lebih lanjut mengenai pengobatan stroke, maka kita harus mempelajari dulu tentang apa itu penyakit stroke, penyebab penyakit stroke, gejala stroke,
serta bahaya apa yang bisa muncul? Setelah itu baru kita bisa memilih obat stroke yang tepat yang akan kita gunakan.

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