Life Sciences

The show where real doctors tell you what’s real, what’s not, and what’s maybe possible in your favorite movies and TV shows.

April 10, 2020

Episode 9: Superpowers and How You Get Them


In this episode, we talk about where the X-men get their powers. Can your DNA give you super speed AND let you control the weather AND shoot lasers out of your eyes AND do whatever it is that Rogue does? Maybe! It's all about the gene activation. It turns out, the power is in you!


Resources, Citations, and Mentions:


  • Deepa: the genomics of X-men gets a 6 out of 10 DNA rocks
  • Jen: the X-gene gets a 7.5 out of 10 radioactive spider bites


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