Pharyngula

Mrs Tilton is back…forever!

She’s fired up the The Sixth International again, and she threatens promises to be at it for a long, long, long time—she bears a longevity mutation, a single nucleotide substitution in the mitochondrial genome associated with some long-lived people. And some people claim there is no such thing as a beneficial mutation…

Anyway, it’s personally interesting that it’s mitochondrial—that means it is passed down through the maternal line. Since my father’s side of the family is grievously short-lived, but my mother’s side keeps going for nearly forever, that’s good news, if the maternal secret is particularly robust mitochondria. Since this particular allele appears in various lines all around the world, there’s a slim chance.

Otherwise, I’m afraid my only mutant power seems to be the ability to dissolve chewing gum. I was ripped off.