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Scientifically or genetically speaking, is it possible to gain "super/powers"?

Asked by Tbag (3302points) August 28th, 2011

I’ve watched many of Marvel’s movies and I’ve been wondering about this for quite a while. If DNA would ever be radiated and manipulated through the means of science to the extent that a human-being can posses extra powers or so?

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gasman's avatar

None of the “super powers” depicted in comic book superheroes are realistic or even physically plausible, other than exceptional strength and speed such as we see in acrobatic athletes. No amount of genetic engineering will give you x-ray vision, make you invisible, able to leap tall buildings, or fly.

woodcutter's avatar

Check out these people. It’s as close as we will probably get http://www.history.com/shows/stan-lees-superhumans/bios/super-strength

Cruiser's avatar

Yes….have kids and you will find yourslef doing all sorts of things you thought were humanly impossible! ;)

flutherother's avatar

Language is a super power that we have gained and who knows what powers may evolve in the future. Tinkering with our DNA is not a good idea, especially when we don’t know what the hell we are doing.

thebluewaffle's avatar

I know a kid that’s got one arm shorter than the other.

wundayatta's avatar

Scientifically speaking, it’s not possible. Or rather, the possibility is very small.

However, genetically speaking, there are currently no less then seven projects designed to breed superpowers. For obvious reasons, there locations are highly secret. Most likely they are in unscrupulous countries that will sponsor anything they can get money out of, even if it means the “disposal” of failed experiments.

These are countries that have human baby factories who produce experimental subjects on an accelerated genetic schedule. Forced evolution, you might call it.

I have it on good authority that the experiments are going well. In fact, an announcement is in the offing. However, because this is not science, it is not clear if the announcement will be reality or fiction. Never mind.

King_Pariah's avatar

Currently short of enhancing reflexes, strength, and speed, no. But who knows what the future holds? I mean biological immortality is pretty much just around the corner so who’s to say never?

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