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The Meta-Gene is a genetic marker in certain humans that allows them to endure catastrophic physical trauma by developing new abilities—i.e. superpowers.[1] The Meta-Gene has attracted interest from the Kroloteans[2] and the Reach. The latter have conducted experiments on both normal humans and humans with active Meta-Genes in order to isolate the Meta-Gene, so they could duplicate and weaponize Meta-Gene powers.[1]

After debriefing the runaway abductees, Black Canary surmised what the Meta-Gene was and what the Reach intended to do with it.[3] Eduardo Dorado Sr. has speculated that the Meta-Gene is opportunistic in nature, taking advantage of pre-existing factors in a person's system. He based this theory on the fact that his son gained teleportation powers after Dorado Sr. spent decades working on Zeta-Beam technology.[4]

The Meta-Gene can be activated by submersing the subject in tar.[5]

Blood relatives with the Meta-Gene are likely to develop similar powers.[6]

Known meta-humans

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Hopps, Kevin (writer) & Divar, Tim (director) (Originally released on iTunes on October 14, 2012, broadcast on January 5, 2013). "Before the Dawn". Young Justice. Season 2. Episode 10. Cartoon Network.
  2. 2.0 2.1 David, Peter (writer) & Zwyer, Mel (director) (June 2, 2012). "Bloodlines". Young Justice. Season 2. Episode 6. Cartoon Network.
  3. Dubuc, Nicole (writer) & Murphy, Doug (director) (January 12, 2013). "Cornered". Young Justice. Season 2. Episode 11. Cartoon Network.
  4. Hopps, Kevin (writer) & Murphy, Doug (director) (February 2, 2013). "Runaways". Young Justice. Season 2. Episode 14. Cartoon Network.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Weisman, Greg (writer) & Berkeley, Christopher (director) (January 4, 2019). "Princes All". Young Justice. Season 3. Episode 1. DC Universe.
  6. Fialkov, Joshua Hale (writer) & Hueck, Vinton (director) (January 11, 2019). "Rescue Op". Young Justice. Season 3. Episode 6. DC Universe.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Vietti, Brandon (writer) & Berkeley, Christopher (director) (January 4, 2019). "Eminent Threat". Young Justice. Season 3. Episode 3. DC Universe.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Pugsley, Tom (writer) & Hueck, Vinton (director) (July 2, 2019). "Leverage". Young Justice. Season 3. Episode 15. DC Universe.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Weisman, Greg (writer) & Hueck, Vinton (director) (July 16, 2019). "Early Warning". Young Justice. Season 3. Episode 18. DC Universe.
  10. Giacoppo, Paul (writer) & Berkeley, Christopher (director) (July 23, 2019). "Elder Wisdom". Young Justice. Season 3. Episode 19. DC Universe.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 David, Peter (writer) & Zwyer, Mel (director) (January 18, 2019). "Triptych". Young Justice. Season 3. Episode 8. DC Universe.
  12. Hopps, Kevin (writer) & Berkeley, Christopher (director) (January 25, 2019). "True Heroes". Young Justice. Season 3. Episode 13. DC Universe.
  13. Vietti, Brandon (writer) & Berkeley, Christopher (director) (January 18, 2019). "Evolution". Young Justice. Season 3. Episode 7. DC Universe.
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