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(NPR)   You may not be a ninja, nor a turtle, but deep down, where it really counts, you're a mutant   (npr.org) divider line 20
    More: Interesting, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Robert Green, turtles, genome project, genes  
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2012-12-07 08:39:50 AM  
"We're mutants. There's something wrong with us, something very, very wrong with us."
 
2012-12-07 08:52:30 AM  
If by "deep down, where it really counts" you mean my toes, I know. That's why the pic is in my profile.
 
2012-12-07 09:48:58 AM  
media.screened.com

Where it may really count
 
2012-12-07 09:55:23 AM  
Reproduction is essentially an analog mixtape your parents dubbed one night in the back of a Chrysler. Of course there's going to be pops, static, and the occasionally radio DJ hot-jocking the new Hall & Oates single.
 
2012-12-07 10:17:08 AM  
My superpower is energy efficiency.
 
2012-12-07 10:27:21 AM  
My mutant power is abject laziness.
 
2012-12-07 12:04:37 PM  
So the adult acne and male pattern baldness are actually super powers. Thanks, science! I'll sleep much better knowing that.
 
2012-12-07 12:09:20 PM  
My mutant power is time-shifting. I can experience 1/60th of an hour in only one minute.
 
2012-12-07 12:10:02 PM  
My super power is that I can digest lactose.
 
2012-12-07 12:10:57 PM  

meat0918: My super power is that I can digest lactose.


Actually, that is pretty amazing these days.
 
2012-12-07 12:13:51 PM  
www.internationalhero.co.uk

*Enters thread*
 
2012-12-07 12:14:59 PM  
Booger production and farts. I excel at both.
 
2012-12-07 12:20:45 PM  
I'm working on eating $100 bills and other currency and then dosing myself with radiation so that one day I'll be able to shiat money and then retire
 
2012-12-07 12:21:31 PM  
Extra rib and an extra vertebrae in my neck. Only other thing I can think of that is remotely interesting about my body is my eyes change color. Baseline is hazel but depending on what I'm wearing they can go grey, blue, bright green, and any point in between.

Green most of the time.

I don't think the eye thing is that unusual.

Light green ATM. Dark blue shirt.

Ooh and I can't really grow proper facial hair. I can have the "sexy stubble" look for about three days. Which is also about how often I shave. Plenty of hair everywhere else.

Always figgered the facial hair thing was the tiny smattering of Indian (feather not dot) in my blood line.
 
2012-12-07 12:45:00 PM  
My skin is white. It's a mutant adaptation developed by my ancestors so they wouldn't die of vitamin D deficiency in sunless, miserable climates.
 
2012-12-07 02:13:56 PM  

MooseUpNorth: meat0918: My super power is that I can digest lactose.

Actually, that is pretty amazing these days.


I'm envious.
 
2012-12-07 02:27:35 PM  
You may not be a ninja, nor a turtle, but deep down, where it really counts, you're a mutant

This is fine, now make me a teenager again.
 
2012-12-07 03:05:17 PM  
I thought it has been established for quite a while now that the average individual carries numerous lethal mutations, but in nearly all cases they are recessive so you never know you have them (unless they manifest late in life life like oncogenes or Huntington's). That's how evolution rolls, baby. It does not build the sleekest, sexiest organism possible. It builds what more or less works in a particular situation at a particular time with the parts available. Its sort of the General Motors of natural forces.
 
2012-12-07 07:23:21 PM  
i.qkme.me
 
2012-12-08 09:52:07 PM  

poorjon: I thought it has been established for quite a while now that the average individual carries numerous lethal mutations, but in nearly all cases they are recessive so you never know you have them (unless they manifest late in life life like oncogenes or Huntington's). That's how evolution rolls, baby. It does not build the sleekest, sexiest organism possible. It builds what more or less works in a particular situation at a particular time with the parts available. Its sort of the General Motors of natural forces.


Well, even for most recessive mutations we still expect a fairly small pool of carriers in the general population, otherwise even people who are unlucky enough to get two bad copies will be in a higher proportion, it's simple stats.

But yes, in general our estimate for the number of "deleterious" mutations every individual carries has been trending upwards. Although the numbers still aren;t perfect, some of the annotations in databases are clearly wrong. Some of what have been called disease causing variants we now know aren't, but they haven't always been fixed yet. Causes problems when you go to do large-scale data mining sometimes.
 
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