You (yes, YOU!) have at least 60 genetic mutations

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Dec 14, 2012

Not enough attention from Mom and Dad in childhood? Too unbending to listen? Too drunk to care? Forget all of that. Now here's something you can really blame on your parents. Thanks to them, you (yes, you) are a mutant.

According to research done by Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, England, those mutations (generally up to 60 per person) didn't come from where scientists had previously speculated.

Here's how it works: When a mommy and daddy love each other very much, they each contribute 23 chromosomes to the new you. (Consult your appropriate contact person for the finer details.) But sometimes these chromosomes can be accidentally deleted, duplicated or even inverted.

A paper in Nature Genetics stated that in 1947, a geneticist proposed that more mutations arose from the father than the mother; subsequent studies seemed to support that idea. But now new research proves this isn't quite true.

According to The Daily Mail, "mutations varied dramatically in each individual."

[Research] showed that in one family, 92 per cent of the child's mutations came from the father, while in another it was just 36 per cent.

Study co-author Dr Matt Hurles, from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, said: 'We now know that, in some families, most mutations might arise from the mother, in others most will arise from the father.

'This is a surprise: many people expected that in all families most mutations would come from the father, due to the additional number of times that the genome needs to be copied to make a sperm, as opposed to an egg.'

If you've ever read X-Men or seen the movies, you might want a mutation, such as a super healing ability, or lasers out of your eyeballs or the ability to walk through walls.

However, common mutations are less sexy, more debilitating. Although some have no effect ("silent mutations"), others can cause some very nasty diseases, from hemophilia to cystic fibrosis.

Now you can't blame all your problems on your father. Luke Skywalker, you're out of luck. Take your daddy issues elsewhere, Polaris.