Waking The Dragon

I wonder how much genetic engineering you would have to get done to make a dragon.

I know it sounds outlandish, and that’s because it completely is, but I for one would be interested to know if there is any way to quantify the amount of jiggery pokery that you would need to create something that say… breathes fire, or could be the size and weight of a dragon and be able to fly.

Since as of yet there are no examples of fire-breathing animals, it might not even be possible, but I’d like to find out whether it could be, even though we don’t know anywhere near enough about genetics to be able to construct a whole new organ from it, especially one that we’re making up from scratch and hasn’t been honed by millions of years of evolution.

I mean, if we were to use a template for that kind of thing where would we be able to put it?

Could we take advantage of the fact that mammalian nipples secrete milk and manipulate that?

Is it possible that one day we will have women walking around with fire-breathing boobs?

That would certainly make breastfeeding a very different kind of issue.

Not to mention the problems of scorched nipples. They might just manage to overtake the pain of childbirth, given that y’know, there would be fire coming out of one of the most sensitive parts of your body.

What the hell am I even talking about?

Perhaps I should go see a psychiatrist.


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