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Watched an odd movie this afternoon, its called "Universal Soldier Regeneration" definitely an different one. But shows some interesting ideas of genetic modification to produce, super soldiers, whos bodies allow faster movements and increased strenght, along with reduced impact for pain along with modified nervous system for increased abilities under stress and strain.

Sound familiar?

The interesting part of this movie is part of the set up, one of the universal soldiers is involved in a firefight with police forces (so notably smaller caliber weapons) but still suffers multiple shots to one of his arms. This of course causes massive hemorrhaging, tearing of muscles and breaking of bones. This massive damage take time to heal and in this case the technician for the universal soldier remove the damaged limb, (specifically at the midpoint of the limb which wouldn't attach correctly).

But offers the interesting prospects, is there any cases of this in the 40k spacemarine? In most cases major damage to limbs is is resolved with mechanical replacements which at least with current technology is infior to the gene altered marine.

But is there any cases of limb replacements in spacemarines? Many of the organs are grown or harvested in a variety of ways but limbs?
 

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The quality of bionics Space Marines have available to them far exceed the Imperial average.

The Deathwatch rulebook states that even "common" Space Marine bionic arms "replace the function of the Battle-Brother's arms and hand exactly, retaining his strength, dexterity, and sense of touch". Exceptional bionics actually increase his ability for fine dexterity work and makes him stronger.

Which make sense to a certain degree if you look at the Iron Hands. If the machine was in fact weaker than the flesh...well, that'd be odd!

This is mirrored in all the bionics. In fact, the game describes "common" astartes bionics as this: "A high quality, rugged replacement that is functionally equivalent to the replaced body part."

The higher quality bionics naturally exceed the marines original flesh.

As for organic replacements...I have not recalled using the flesh of other marines outside the typical prognoid usage.

The Wolf Priests manage to rebuild a human using his own genes as a template (replacing failing organs, recreating his skin, etc.)...I suppose this would be theoretically possible with a marine, maybe?

But if it was, why use bionics?

The person in Prospero Burns took 9 months of work to get him back up to speed. Maybe it's just more expedient to use a bionic.
 

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Okay something interesting. That I'd add the re-attaching of limbs notably fingers can heal almost as fast as the skin can heal.

If the tendons are connected to the bones, the repair is rapid. Which could possibly be faster than the adjustment to bionic attachments which the intergration may be longer possibly.
 

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I think Hailene's right about time. You could have thousands of bionic stashed away in boxes ready to slap on. But growing a new arm would take a long time and lots of equipment. Having pre-grown limbs ready to attach would require still more tech (to keep them alive in transit) than bionics, which you could just stuff in a crate. Further, bionics would have higher potential. If they could grow stronger limbs than what an astartes has, they'd make better marines in the first place.
 
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