Friday, December 23, 2005

Mutations

Mutant: an individual, organism, or new genetic character arising or resulting from an instance of mutation, which is a sudden structural change within the DNA of a gene or chromosome of an organism resulting in the creation of a new character or trait not found in the parental type. In an organism or individual, the new character or trait may or may not be trivial, but it is rarely beneficial and will usually result in either a genetic disorder or have no observable effect whatsoever.



Mutations, in theory, could be beneficial. A mutation in an animal could provide a competitive edge over others in it's species, allowing that animal a better chance to survive where others of the same species might not. For example, one could speculate that the white fur of a snowshoe rabbit has its origins in a mutation. The same could be said for any animal that has developed unique characteristics for survival.



Mutants, or Children of the Atom, are super-powered beings whose abilities derive from genetic mutation. This mutation, dubbed "X-Factor" by Professor Charles Xavier (who seems to have some odd compulsion to precede everything he can with an X), is what gives Homo Sapien Superiors their special abilities.



These abilities are varied and too numerous to mention in their entirety. These powers include telepathic abilities, like the aforementioned Professor X, Jean Grey, and Emma Frost; animal-like senses and strength like Beast and Wolverine, the power to bend reality like Gaia, or the power to command magnetism, like Magneto.



The powers of mutants are as unique and varied as the individuals who possess them.



Being a mutant, however, is not easy. They have many opponents, including human, superhuman and machine. A mutant experiences hatred and racism simply for being who they are.



Despite the many Mutants who are heroes, who save the Earth time and again, few are lauded for their accomplishments. There are exceptions, however.



I am not speaking of any of the Mutants mentioned above, I speak of another. Do you recall the most famous mutant of all?










Merry Christmas from Intergalactic Gladiator.

13 comments:

Karnov said...

Danger, Danger, IT'S HIGH VOLTAGE!

Wedge Antillies said...

Now you're just tryng to scare everyone! It's bad enough that I worry about a guy breaking into my house every December 25th, now he's bringing mutant animals?!? Man, it just keeps getting tougher.

Lt. Cmdr Oneida said...

Deep breaths, Wedge, I think you can take a fat guy in a red suit in a fight.

Karnov said...

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margalit said...

Um... OK. Not sure what to say here.

Michele sent me.

Joe said...

Merry Christmas to you too.

Here via Michele.

mar said...

Awwww, Merry Xmas to you and your galactic family.

craziequeen said...

[rotflmao]

nice mutant.....

cq

Son Goku said...

you know there is a rumour he can blast lasers from his nose

Jean-Luc Picard said...

It would see that the X Men should go on 'The X Factor'.

Have a great Christmas.

Professor Xavier said...

I am x-temely grateful that someone has x-pressed so x-actly and with such x-actitude the x-planation of mutation. There has been much confusion about this topic, and I'm glad to see the truth being spread.

Oh, and - Merry X-mas!

Captain Typho said...

I never thought of Rudolph as a mutant, but LOL!

turboslut said...

Merry Christmas. Lots of love T xxxx