Is photosynthesis possible in humans?

In summary, photosynthesis is not possible in humans as it is a process exclusive to plants, algae, and some bacteria. Humans cannot produce their own energy through photosynthesis and there are no known cases of it occurring in humans. While genetically modifying humans to have this ability is possible, it is not currently feasible or ethical. Even if it were possible, there would likely be no significant benefit to humans as our bodies are adapted to obtain energy from food.
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Is photosynthesis possible in humans?
 
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Suyog said:
Is photosynthesis possible in humans?
Do human cells have chloroplasts or photosynthetic pigments?
 
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Perhaps, but you would need to modify our genome to accomplish that.
I wouldn't put it past genetic engineers to attempt inserting genes that allow photosynthesis to animals someday.
 
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I'll be the first to volunteer.
 
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The rest of us will be green with envy...

Can you imagine the problems with glucose, carbon dioxide, and oxygen levels the skin cells ungergoing photosynthesis?
 

Related to Is photosynthesis possible in humans?

1. Is photosynthesis possible in humans?

No, photosynthesis is not possible in humans. It is a process that only occurs in plants, algae, and some bacteria.

2. Can humans produce their own energy through photosynthesis?

No, humans cannot produce their own energy through photosynthesis. We rely on consuming food for energy, while plants use photosynthesis to convert sunlight into energy.

3. Are there any cases of photosynthesis occurring in humans?

No, there are no known cases of photosynthesis occurring in humans. The human body does not have the necessary structures, such as chloroplasts, to carry out this process.

4. Can humans be genetically modified to have the ability to photosynthesize?

While genetic modification is possible, it is currently not feasible or ethical to genetically modify humans to have the ability to photosynthesize. Additionally, it is not clear if the human body would be able to support this process.

5. Is there any benefit to humans if they were able to photosynthesize?

It is unlikely that there would be any significant benefit to humans if they were able to photosynthesize. Our bodies are adapted to obtain energy from food, and photosynthesis would not provide enough energy to sustain our metabolism and bodily functions.

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