A metagene is a unit of heredity found in approximately 12% of living human organisms. It defines whether or not an individual has the potential to develop in response to a traumatic incident. Not all superhuman beings possess a metagene, however; many heroes and villains derive their powers through cultural heritage or acts of fate. Those who have developed powers from the gene are known as metahumans. The metagene was first discovered by the super-scientist Dominators during Invasion!.
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