The mutant genome that is responsible for superpowers in society - It's a confusing gene, where powers are genetic; but what powers you get is questionable, random, confusing, and can even be a mix of multiple, unrelated things.
Transmission & Vectors
The best and easiest way to spread the mutant gene is procreation. Otherwise, experimentations in labs is also a possibility. The actual mutation is not infections; unless a particular mutant genes development involves something infectious.
Symptoms range from person to person. The ability to summon fire or ice. The ability to fly. To shrink. To transform into something inhuman, or even human-like.
Most people with the mutant gene do not want to be treated. Many have been forcibly treated, sometimes with terrible results.
The gene typically does not cause the death of the person. It is however life-long.
Those who have m genome have naturally slightly tougher skin and higher overall durability. This is something they can also train to enhance. Some m genome experience higher strength capabilities while others have higher flexibility or agility. Rarely they experience more than 2 at once. Like the durability, this can be trained. All of this is separate of their actual superpowers. Those who have studied the genetic module have found that is because these genes come before the rest of the genetic code. Further power enhancement is also possible through the following genetic code, as well.
Infants are the primary subjects affected by the genome, however, any given human has the chance to be the carrier of the gene. Even parents who never shown signs of mutant powers have the chance to bear children with powers. It's fairly rare that anyone would show signs of the mutant genome after a certain age. In most cases that it does, it can even be a cause for suspicion. Earliest signs of powers is infancy, while latest is typically 16. Rarely do adults over 20 develop powers.
Hosts & Carriers
There have been known some fauna who have the m genome, though its rarity is unknown The most common animal to be affected by the m genome are species closely related to humans like apes, but there have been some known cases of birds, canines, and feline (domesticated and wild). There have even been claims of elephants and squirrels, though no evidence to back it up.
The only way to prevent the mutant gene is to edit the genetic code of an unborn child. Most mutants do not want this, however.
1 parent with the m genome has a 50% chance to pass it to their offspring. 2 parents with m genome are 100% likely to pass it to their offspring, while two meek parents are only about 10%-40% likely, depending on their recent family genetic history.
Nobody knows where exactly the gene came from, many speculate it has always been a part of society from the beginning of time; while others speculate it is from the inappropriate experimentation of the human genome. Nobody can agree on whether the gene mutation is a good thing or bad. Some even believe that even the dinosaurs had the m genome.
The mutant genome is a widely rejected case in human history. For the most part, the mutants have stayed hidden; but in recent years, have been coming out and trying to make a name for themselves.