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Can we modify animals to make them 'humanoid'?

Now I'm not the smartest at this I must confess I am only 13 years old and I have a lot of learning to do. Excuse me please of my ignorance and try to set my facts straight. Anyway back to the topic at hand. We all love our pets, they contribute so much to society, but what does the dog get in return for this "Donation of life" to humans. I propose an idea. What if we were to modify the anatomy and physiology of all carnivora(the family of major mammalian carnivores) with gene enhancers. The first gene enhancer we need to look at is HANCS1 a gene enhancers witch contributed to the flexible ankles, wrists and thumbs. Scientist believe this enhancer was responsible for the biped evolution in humans. The FOXp2 contributed to the development of vocal cords and cerebral areas that are found in song birds and humans. I'm open to more talk about this topic.

  • Jan 24 2014: The technological capacity (mostly a better understanding of the genome) is currently mere fantasy at this stage. It might be possible in the future, however.

    The question is, why would you want to?
    We have enough competition over limited resources as it is. I don't think introducing new players is going to help much in that regard.
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    Jan 24 2014: Fun topic, Angelo!

    I wonder why you think a dog might be happier being more like a human, though. Are humans, as a species, happier than dogs? If both dogs and people are well fed, warm and safe, don't you think both are happy? You know as well as I that if dogs or people are hungry, cold and in danger, neither can be happy, right?

    Both species are physically, mentally, and emotionally shaped by our environments, so why don't we change our environments to make us happy rather than our bodies? There are also a number of ethical and moral questions and problems related to genetically re- engineering both animals and humans, my dear young sir, since we humans are animals, after all. Would you like if if some geneticist decided that you would be better off with a turtle's head grafted to your shoulders so you might think more slowly and deliberately, ha, ha?

    Very best and keep learning!