Monday, November 21, 2005

Genetic Engineering

In 1720 A.H. with three consecutive crop failures, caused by insect swarms, that the New Tajikistan colonists had only recently figured out how to control. The colonists were facing starvation and the failure of the colony. With any chance of harvest being 9 months away one of the colony scientists made a radical proposal.
Genetically engineer the colonists so that they can produce their own food, by having their body's skin cells produce chlorophyll. The colonist ability to photosynthesize their own food while not eliminating the need for food would allow for the dramatic cut in rations, without tens of thousands of colonist dying. There was debate on the theological and ethical implications but as death was the alternative the colonist agreed to this plan of actionOut of over half a million colonists only seven had an adverse reaction to the gene treatment and died, because of the treatment none of the colonists died of starvation, by the time, with new insecticides ,the colonist were able to plant and harvest their crops. Now when visiting New Tajikistan one sees millions of green skinned descendants of those original colonists. Through it should be mentioned that the gene must be in both parents to be passed down.This action lifted the ban on genetic engineering of Humans in the confederation allowing many near earth planets to be open up for colonization which might have been passed over because of cost restraints.The most notable being the adaptation on Tamazight of Blue skin to deal with the high level of background radiation found on the planet. Also the colonist on Hausa world had to be adapted to breath on a planet which has an atmosphere which is 70% Carbon Dioxide

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