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AcererakTriple6

Autistic DM (he/him)
Not really. Incompatibility between completely independently-evolved lifeforms is at least as insurmountable as incompatibility between computer systems.
Yeah. If an alien lifeform didn't have DNA or RNA, which is highly likely if we ever encounter any alien lifeforms, we'd have no way to infect them with our viruses. They just plain would not work.
 

Stalker0

Legend
Yeah. If an alien lifeform didn't have DNA or RNA, which is highly likely if we ever encounter any alien lifeforms, we'd have no way to infect them with our viruses. They just plain would not work.
Probably more likely in that context would be some kind of allergic reaction, aka a substance in the planet that triggers a lethal allergic reaction, or the "alien equivalent". A "poison" might even be a better term than an allergen.

That's what Signs went with, which would have worked if its wasn't...you know.....water.....the most common substance on the planet (sigh).
 

Yeah. If an alien lifeform didn't have DNA or RNA, which is highly likely if we ever encounter any alien lifeforms, we'd have no way to infect them with our viruses. They just plain would not work.
You could make a case for some kind of panspermia idea, particularly with aliens from somewhere as relatively close as Mars. Say life on Earth originated from a Martian meteorite. Then Martian life might be vulnerable to ancient Martian viruses on Earth.

Of course, HG Wells has two excuses: DNA hadn't been discovered when he wrote the book; and it was written as an attack on colonialism, and a number of indigenous populations had been decimated by diseases introduced by European explorers.
 

Aeson

Hero
I like the stories but hate the animation. Warner Brothers does such a better job with DC animation. The old X-Men animated series was the only Marvel animation I could get into.
 

I like the stories but hate the animation. Warner Brothers does such a better job with DC animation. The old X-Men animated series was the only Marvel animation I could get into.
South Korean studio AKOM did the x-men cartoon and the only reason you could get into it was you were a kid and it was "OMG X-men" so many problems with the animation.

As for What if? , Marvel Studios' head of visual development Ryan Meinerding helped define the series' cel-shaded animation style, which was designed to reflect the films and take inspiration from classic American illustrators. Animation for the first season is provided by Blue Spirit, Squeeze, Flying Bark Productions, and Stellar Creative Lab, with Stephan Franck as head of animation.

As for WB....you should listen if able to Bruce Timm and the others commentary on episodes of the DCAU cartoons.
 


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Aeson

Hero
Ultron=Me
That's a shame too, because Apple TV+ has some interesting shows. Only Apple products I bought were second hand. Maybe I need to find a bay full of...privateers. 🤔🤫
 

Herschel

Adventurer
So, I wasn’t completely right. Today‘s episode had it’s far share of humour.

This was where the series jumped the shark for me, specifically Futurama Ant Man. The next two episodes were utter garbage. What if....Ultron Won was somewhat better, but the finale has a LOT of ground to make up for all the drek thus far.
 

Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
Yeah. If an alien lifeform didn't have DNA or RNA, which is highly likely if we ever encounter any alien lifeforms, we'd have no way to infect them with our viruses. They just plain would not work.
Just curious, why is it unlikely?

Given the that the same Physics applies everywhere and the prevalence of carbon in the universe isnt it likely that basic protein polymers might form in similar conditions? If the premise of intelligent alien lifeforms is accepted then why not covergent development of basic enzymes and protein synthesis?
 

AcererakTriple6

Autistic DM (he/him)
Just curious, why is it unlikely?

Given the that the same Physics applies everywhere and the prevalence of carbon in the universe isnt it likely that basic protein polymers might form in similar conditions? If the premise of intelligent alien lifeforms is accepted then why not covergent development of basic enzymes and protein synthesis?
I'll answer your question with a question: Why would it be likely that in the possibly infinite universe that the one system that our planet developed to create life would also be commonly found on exoplanets? I'm not saying that it's impossible that another planet could have the same basic elemental makeup and through similar processes to the ones that happened on Earth also develop DNA/RNA-based lifeforms, but it seems very improbable. The universe can surely find ways to generate life different from how Earth did it.

(Also, scientists think that it's likely that Silicon could be used as a backbone for supporting biological structures, instead of Carbon, like Earth uses. If alien life can use Silicon or some other element/molecule to support life, they wouldn't have DNA/RNA.)

I'm also not an expert, just an enthusiast, so take this post with a grain of salt.
 

The universe can surely find ways to generate life different from how Earth did it.
There really isn't sufficient data, with a sample size of one. Some sort of long chain molecule capable of storing and duplicating data is probably needed for anything resembling life as we know it. How many permutations of that are possible is currently unknown.
Also, scientists think that it's likely that Silicon could be used as a backbone for supporting biological structures
Used to think. Long chain silicon molecules lack the stability of carbon molecules, and rapidly fall apart.

Scientist here.
 

Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
Okay for a finale the What If... Team Up was kinda disappointing, too much comedy and not enough 'wow'

the series had a strong start but couldnt maintain the momentum
 

Stalker0

Legend
Just curious, why is it unlikely?

Given the that the same Physics applies everywhere and the prevalence of carbon in the universe isnt it likely that basic protein polymers might form in similar conditions? If the premise of intelligent alien lifeforms is accepted then why not covergent development of basic enzymes and protein synthesis?
The idea that another life form codes their genetic blueprint in long chained molecules is probably common.

the idea that they would use DNA instead of many other compounds, and that the molecules used AGTC instead of a thousand other compounds is MUCH less likely. There is also chirality, life on earth is left handed in its chemistry (in laymen’s terms, the arrangement of our organic molecules is set in a specific way. Chemically it can follow another way, but life specifically sets them in a “left-handed” fashion).

this seems to have been a product of our early creation, there is no physical requiement for it (aka a right handed world was equally likely at the beginning).

so 50/50 a life form based on organic chemistry is right handed, meaning all of our organic molecules are incompatible. They could not eat any of our food for example, there bodies wouldn’t be able to process it
 




Ultron=Me
That's a shame too, because Apple TV+ has some interesting shows. Only Apple products I bought were second hand. Maybe I need to find a bay full of...privateers. 🤔🤫

A) Of course Ultron would use Android. What with him being a synthezoid and all.

B) I don't have AppleTV. I do have Plex. And access to a Plex server run by a guy with AppleTV.
It's the Watcher saying he uses everything but apple+...it's a take on his Name The WATCHER
 

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