I would like to preface this entry with the story behind the Marvel comic The X-Men. The X-Men are fictitious mutants who, as a result of a sudden leap in evolution, are born with latent superhuman abilities, which generally manifest themselves at puberty. In the stories, many ordinary humans harbor an intense fear and/or distrust of mutants (often referred to as homo sapiens superior), who are regarded by a number of scientists as the next step in human evolution and are thus widely viewed as a threat to human civilizations. With that in mind let’s proceed shall we. It seems that scientists have created a genetically altered mouse that is able to run full speed without stopping drinking or eating for five hours straight. Changing a gene shared by both humans and rats that controls metabolism created this mighty mouse. Increased endurance wasn’t the only effect of the experimentation, it lengthened their life span by 3 years, allowed them to eat 60% more without gaining weight, made them 10 times more active in their cage and allowed them to breed at an age 3 times older than their non-altered counterparts were able to. One of these super rats was even seen kicking sand in the face of a poor gangly rat on the beach. Well, that claim has not yet been substantiated, but Mighty Mouse is real and this brings new fire to the debate about genetic alteration. If given the opportunity who would not want all of these benefits? Remember we share the same gene that was altered and it would not be a far stretch to create these effects in humans. Would you do it?  No? Will you say the same thing when your body can no longer do the things you love?  What if you are past childbearing age and desperately want a child? The same fears that the public has of Mutants in the comic X-Men we have today but generally it involves mutant tomatoes and cloned beef. What happens when super abilities are just an injection away and not the product of evolution but genetic science? Man or X-man, it may soon be your choice.

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