Superhumans are creatively portrayed in many movies and comic series which makes us ponder whether such species could exist in the future. It would truly be a defining moment in science if something so powerful could be created. With nanotechnology, genetics and psycho pharmacology such feats don’t seem to be too far in the future. Could the meta gene play a role in creating that genetic modification which could give a new direction to genetic science?
Superhuman can mean an improved human (example – by genetic modification; alternatively by cybernetic implants, nanotechnology, standard evolution over thousands of years, etc). It also implies that otherwise a “normal” human has unusual super-abilities – such as psychic/psionic abilities, flying abilities, unimaginable strength, etc. all that is far beyond the normal.
an instant of extraordinary physical and emotional over-stress activates it
The following video showcases 8 people with superhuman abilities. They may not have the powers of the X-Men mutants but they surely are mind boggling.
Though there are few documented verified cases of human having special abilities, the concept of the superhuman is quite popular in science fiction, where they represent cyborgs, mutants, alien-alike, telepaths, and genetically engineered human being as a superhuman.
the main focus of this type of catalyst power is a gland in the middle of the human brain
In simple terms, we can look at the Metagene as a type of gene lying dormant in select members of the human race, until an instant of extraordinary physical and emotional over-stress activates it. This self-preservation ‘gene’ is capable of producing seemingly ‘superhuman’ abilities in earth humans during times of extreme stress or crisis.
Although we are not certain about the scientific confirmation, but it is said that the main focus of this type of catalyst power is a gland in the middle of the human brain called the PINEAL gland, and the nutrient for increasing the Pineal’s action is the adrenaline.
The Hulk, FF and Spiderman are termed “mutates.”
Probably the extraordinary physical or emotional overstress might activate some functioning associated with these type of glands. These appear to be some of the speculations, not so widely known and accepted about activating an unknown factor (could it be a Metagene?) to generate the super human abilities.
Obviously, with metagene factor, we would lead towards building or becoming a superhuman generation. These superhumans would have extreme powers e.g. Psionic Power (psychic effects of telepathy, psychokinesis, etc.).
Hence, we see a lot of references available on metagene in popular science fiction comics and wiki too. One of them being Marvel.
maybe this is a evolutionary change for mankind and superheros may emerge.
The metagene in DC is actually apparently analogous to the X-gene in Marvel. Metahumans in DC are born with the meta-gene, which can be activated by radiation or other means if not active at birth. The Hulk, FF and Spiderman are termed “mutates.”
Apparently cosmic and gamma radiation act peculiarly on humans, and will either result in powers (small percentage of the time) or death (rest of the time). As to Spiderman, an irradiated and genetically altered spider was responsible for his powers.
Metagene and superhuman though seem to be a predominantly a fiction topic in current discussion, the time is not that far, when we might hit a successful research or a discovery that resolves the mystery. Then the challenge would be for the such individuals to make use of that ability for the advancement of the whole species and not for one’s own goals! After all, with great power comes great responsibility.