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Is photosynthesis possible in humans?

  1. Oct 23, 2006 #1
    Is photosynthesis possible in humans?
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    Do human cells have chloroplasts or photosynthetic pigments?
  4. Oct 23, 2006 #3


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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.
  5. Nov 4, 2006 #4
    I'll be the first to volunteer.
  6. Nov 6, 2006 #5

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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?
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