It is possible to isolate genes of various human characteristics. Its mind boggling to say that any biological property that exists in any living thing in any living world could be brought into human beings. It has its benefits like protecting people from genetically inherited illnesses but it doesn’t stop there, we are basically playing with evolution at a million times faster rate. With this not only the physical characteristics of human can be changed but also the mental characteristics. We already know of certain genes to cause to think in a certain way. The problem is there is no boundary between overcoming disease and providing enhancements. Such highly evolved super humans will be far superior to their humble ancestors, stronger, more intelligent and different to us as we are to earthworms. Some scientists might not realize this, but over a 1000 year time, the human species will split resulting in extinction of the weaker. For the very same reason, laws prevent us from going too far but who bars our imagination? Yes of course we desire to see mutants and since we got brains, we can picturize them so here are the 10 feasible features everyone would like to see in a superhuman genetically engineered mutant. I repeat feasible which means don’t tell me to put “laser eyes”, there should be an existent gene for that trait present somewhere in universe and known to us to insert that in the mutant we are going to create.
10. Super Speed & Indefatigability
Superhuman Speed is the ability for a person to move faster than a normal human. One with this ability accomplishes it one of two ways, the first of which including superhumanly powerful and flexible legs. The second way includes the mind either exerting a force which propels the body at quicker speeds, or a different psychic force which allows the body’s molecules to vibrate at high speeds. Either way, this ability is often accompanied by Super-Reflexes which implies implies the presence of a reaction impulse and reaction time beyond that of a normal human and immunity to high amounts of friction. Ask a cheetah perhaps for gene donation.
Superspeed would be no fun if the person exhausts very quickly. Like for cheetah, the fastest mammal, he quickly develops lactic acid due to muscle energy expenditure and loses stamina. Indefatigability , also called Inexhaustibility or Tirelessnessis a variation of Superhuman Stamina in which the user cannot grow tired at all. This ability can be used to run endless miles or the like without tiring. This can be accomplished a variety of ways. The user may generate perpetual metabolic energy from his mind (which is metabolized like normal energy), although another variation implies the user’s body generates no lactic acid at all, and his mind fortifies the muscles, bones and joints to maintain peak stamina. A genetic mutation in enzyme can cause lactic acid to be destroyed or reused as energy as soon as it is formed, this mutation if employed in humans will make them totally inexhaustable.
9. Accelerated Healing
Accelerated Healing includes healing from an injury or a disease at very fast rate. This can be accomplished by hyper-metabolism of the injurious substances and normal metabolism of others. An overall hyper-metabolismis not required because it harms body normal function but metabolism of only the required portions need to be accelerated to do the healing effect readily. One with this ability can even process junk food as though it was incredibly good for the body, and their bodies expunge any potentially harmful substances from the body with extreme efficiency and speed. The user can also recover from fatigue much quicker than normal, and can metabolize poisons and sicknesses through the body very quickly, allowing them to be sick for much shorter periods of time than normal. Metabolism revolves all around enzymes which are encoded by genes. Human bodies have already a mechanism for differentiating foreign materials, with a complex activation of only those genes which are involved in metabolism of foreign harmful particles and substance, this ability can be achieved.
8. Super Strength & Super Endurance
Fiction obsessed us for the ability to be stronger than humanly possible – the super human strength. Well believe it or not, some humans already possess it due to a gene mutation in their DNAs. The similar mutation can be induced to make the superhuman with superstrength a reality. Myostatin is a protein active in muscles used for movement (skeletal muscles) both before and after birth. This protein normally restrains muscle growth, ensuring that muscles do not grow too large. Mutations that reduce the production of functional myostatin lead to an overgrowth of muscle tissue. Myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy has a pattern of inheritance known as incomplete autosomal dominance. People with a mutation in both copies of the MSTN gene in each cell (homozygotes) have significantly increased muscle mass and strength.
Superendurance or Superdurability is the ability to resist damage beyond an average person. This can be accomplished by either exceptionally tough skin borrowed by animal genes, or decreasing pain receptors covering the skin, so he can perceive sensation, but cannot easily be hurt or stunned from concussive damage (normal weapons don’t easily inflict damage).
Invisibily and ambush is achieved by many predators in oceans and terrains, people rarely know about except the famous chamelion which is typically a color changing guy and not invisible. Examples include Mimic Octopus, seahorse, cephalopods, Pacific tree frogs and a few more. The main mechanism behind this is mostly camouflage, in case of cephalopods, their skin gets invisible, but others also changing color morphs with a change in background brightness. Colouration can be changed in milliseconds as they adapt to their environment and the pigment cells are expandable by muscular contraction. Color change is used as an expression of the physiological condition, as a social indicator and most commonly ambush attacks. However perfect invisibility would not be possible if we transfer their genes to human because at first these animals at maximum of transparency, are translucent and do not achieve 100% invisibility but some may reach upto 80%. According to the laws of physics, a perfectly invisible person would necessarily be blind, no matter how their invisibility were achieved. To see light, the retina must absorb it, but for a person to be invisible, the body must not absorb or reflect light. So, to retain sight, at least pupil sized holes in the cloak would be necessary in front of the pupils and directly behind them on the back of the person as light isn’t being transmitted through. So yes, invisibility if we get all those genes inserted from cephalopods; can be achieved but atleast a pair of dots would still be necessarily visible because we like to see.
Genetic Engineering is beyond what you thought. Did you wish for the most beautiful mate? Well there is hope for you. From choices of selection of hair color to skin tone, from eye color to body shape, from nose to toe, you can reprogram everything as like you wanted. There is no part of the body which can’t be genetically modified. And for beauty sake, its a very simple venom unlike the complex procedures that would have to be followed in other modifications. From brow shape to height to weight to everything, there is no boundary and there lies your beauty queen. Oh my, i love these mutations.