May 05, 2003

X2: DNA Attacks

Erik posted the SARS genome today.
On a seemingly unrelated (only seemingly though) I saw XMen 2 today. I thought it was pretty good. Not as good as EQUILIBRIUM though. When they started to talk about genetics, though, I wanted to slap someone. Let's talk about two insanely contradictory facts the movie uses:
1. There are both male and female mutants.
2. Mutants get the 'mutant' gene from their fathers.

Actually that is almost three, the idea that there would be one mutant gene that causes the hundred variations seen in the movie is laughable.

In any case, the only thing fathers pass to people that mothers do not also pass is the Y chromosome. In this case, only sons could inherit this gene. This is clearly not the case. There could be a situation where you need this mutant enabling gene in order to express your other genetic differences (that you would get from both your mother and father) but that would not be the same as paternal inheritance as the movie suggests.

Also, if you've seen the movie, you know there will be an X3 (hopefully entitled X cubed).

And now, because I'm a lameass, 5/15/03 = the end of your life.

Posted by Stevos at May 5, 2003 11:47 PM | TrackBack
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I think there are a few deseases passed on by males that both men and women suffer from - so I think that point is valid.

Can't speak to the 'one gene causing 100s of variations' though.

-Alastair

·May 7, 2003 03:23 AM · comment by alastc   -   ∞

It's not possible. A male passes on 22 autosomal chromosomes and either his Y to a son or his X to a daughter. A woman passes an X and 22 autosomes, and mitochondrial DNA. What a man passes on to his daughter could just as easily be from a woman.

·May 7, 2003 11:34 PM · comment by Steven Canfield   -   ∞
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