I removed this as it seems to be one fan's opinion rather than anything mentioned in a canon production. -FC 20:45, 30 January 2009 (UTC)

Though we often see DNA or genome modifications being the cause of shapeshifting (TNG: "Genesis") and numerous other episodes, no such condition can exist. For example, if one were to receive a kidney transplant from a female, one would not immediately start to become female as a result of the foreign DNA. The Founders are never mentioned to alter their DNA as they shapeshift and routinely assume the form of inanimate objects which do not have DNA.

Citation NeededEdit

Can anyone provide the citation for this statement in the article?

"Semi-corporeal beings such as the Founders also had DNA, though there is no evidence they had any cellular structure or indeed any cells."

-Rhinecanthus rectangulus (talk) 20:54, January 25, 2018 (UTC)

I cannot find a source for this note and given that it has been uncited for several years now, I have removed it from the article. --| TrekFan Open a channel 22:02, February 2, 2018 (UTC)
I just happened to have watched "A Man Alone" today and noted the following piece of dialogue:
ODO: It's a pretty neat package. His calendar shows he was planning to meet with me at the time of the murder. No one except a shape-shifter could get into the holosuite. And since I'd obviously be called there after the body was discovered, traces of my DNA wind up at the scene of the crime.
Therefore, it would appear Changelings do have DNA. As such, I've re-added the note with a slight rewrite. --| TrekFan Open a channel 01:59, March 1, 2018 (UTC)


Wikipedia disagrees with your spelling. Alex Peckover 14:04, Jul 22, 2004 (CEST)

You're right, but your revision wasn't correct either. It had Nucleic double. I translated from Dutch: Deoxyribose Nucleide Zuur, but I guess English spelling differs a bit. I'll correct it. -- Redge 14:14, 22 Jul 2004 (CEST)

Okay, thanks. Alex Peckover 14:24, Jul 22, 2004 (CEST)

Background DNA Edit

The Background section says that TOS never mentioned DNA. There is a reference here, although it was never used for identification purposes to my knowledge. Roygbiv666 16:31, 21 March 2009 (UTC)