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20th Jul 2015, 2:11 PM
Clearly none of the girls are poker players.
31st Jul 2015, 4:37 PM
Due to 40.oz injuring his arm, the comic will be on a mini-hiatus. Thank you all for you patience.
20th Jul 2015, 5:09 PM
Yeah, they're related, but the kicker is that they're standing right next to you.
21st Jul 2015, 1:34 AM
And they're not even wearing identity hiding glasses. Superman, anyone?
20th Jul 2015, 5:30 PM
Crap, she is good. :3
21st Jul 2015, 1:35 AM
The best there is at what she does.
20th Jul 2015, 5:51 PM
Time for costumes and cover stories!
21st Jul 2015, 1:36 AM
Hmmm? What kind of costume should we give the amazing snaky girl?
5th Aug 2015, 4:02 PM
More importantly, what kind of costume could possibly *STAY* on her???!?
Seriously, Dude. Human costumes are held in place because the neck, shoulders & hips give clothing a place to hang from. At best, you could spray-paint a pattern on her scales, & she'd still lose it when she sheds her skin! Meanwhile, that shed skin is *LOADED* with DNA-evidence of her secret identity, just waiting for any-&-all lab-techs to trace it back to her.
5th Aug 2015, 4:22 PM
You have a point there, but her DNA has been altered so even if the police did have a sample of her DNA (Which they don't) it wouldn't match up to her DNA so they wouldn't easily track her down.
12th Aug 2015, 3:02 PM
So, the act of morphing between human-&-snake represents a "real-time update" of her changing DNA???!? I'd be stressing big-time over "Transcription Errors"!
Remember the film, "Multiplicity", starring Michael Keaton?
Or more recently, "Timeline"?
A "copy" is NEVER 100% accurate, & each time you "copy from a copy", instead of from the original, the process adds errors on top of previous errors. It doesn't take all that many repeats of the process before the results are too "pronounced" to be hidden!
(...is THIS what's happening to Sam now?)
Unless you have a supply of Sam's DNA (BEFORE the first change) to make antidote from, this could get very bad - very fast. Even if such a supply existed, it would be (by definition) a sharply-limited & impossible-to-renew supply. You can't even increase the supply by using the DNA to grow more of itself! There are ALWAYS transcription errors - "IRL", we call this "the aging process".
24th Aug 2015, 9:49 PM
Her change activates dormant, junk DNA that never gets turned on now that we've evolved beyond our reptilian ancestors. That dormant stuff completely takes over making her human DNA incapable of being sampled. In other words there's mammalian stuff but it's been completely masked: since mammals came after the lizards the change doesn't know what to do with that DNA so it kinda puts it in a doggy bag and places it in its back pocket. You'd have to know where to stick that needle to find it. When she changes back to human there's no intermingling of the human/mammal DNA-oil and water. One just takes over from the other. So there's no updates, it's more like replacement. Putting on a new pair of jeans. She keeps her hair, because it's actually just really thin, elongated ivory/Bones/claws, etc.
25th Aug 2015, 12:28 PM
26th Aug 2015, 8:20 PM
Now would we fight? Of course, If it were a science fight I got my a$$ kicked, 'cause nothing I said was science. Which ruins my day 'cause I know I can't make a potion to turn me into a Werewolf.
26th Aug 2015, 8:50 PM
Aw, cheer up, If it makes you feel any better, this nonsense gave me an idea for a gag down the line. (Way, WAY, down the line)
5th Sep 2015, 3:59 AM
I'm not trying to make anybody "wrong"!
(It's just a story - not a science-textbook)
I was worried that I might be RIGHT, because if we followed that idea to it's logical conclusion, it would take the plot down a VERY dark path. Firebrand128's last post here is *EXACTLY* why I'm talking here - I believe that exploring a "logical progression" can often reveal intriguing new plot possibilities.
"Expressing Latent DNA" is a work-able trope for this story. It means that nothing in her genome has been erased, we just change the status of some DNA-sequences to "ON"-or-"OFF", as needed. The red hair is now revealed to be the formula's FAILURE to suppress that "mammal"-feature (there are significant differences between hair & scales). The new tongue/eyes/fangs show that the cure is also flawed. The only remaining mystery is how she changed so FAST. Our bodies are the "compromise" between what our DNA wants to do, & what our environment allows. Gravity, air-pressure, UV-levels, etc., all contribute to our appearance. But "IRL", this takes more time than an interesting story can allow. The real science breakthrough here is how this formula's change is so fast, without killing her during any of the intermediate stages of the metamorphosis.
7th Sep 2015, 3:42 PM
Hmmm. Good points. let's see what I can come up with.
"The only remaining mystery is how she changed so FAST. ...without killing her during any of the intermediate stages of the metamorphosis." She isn't killed through the formula's conglomeration of accessing genes of some pretty pliant ancestors (semi-liquification of stuff while maintaining its integrity); cold blooded ancestors all at once, and ancestors that can regulate their body temperatures to offset friction/heat. And, as you know, metamorphosis from one species to another doesn't take as long as some people think. So that relative speed of change, and regulation of temperatures is the key.
21st Jul 2015, 2:57 AM
Right, now Sam has a lisp. Or should I say, a Hissp?
21st Jul 2015, 4:27 AM
Well. She's not wrong.
22nd Jul 2015, 12:24 AM
The intuition is good. Just need to work on actually connecting dots!
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