After reading many of the stories that have been posted on this website, I have come to realize that mine is nowhere as powerful, or inspirational. As a child, I had always found the X-men to be interesting. Most of the characters in comic books had obtained their abilities through radiation, radioactive animals, or a serum, but the X-men were born with their powers, albeit their powers didn’t manifest until puberty. The reason I looked to them was because I never thought of myself as someone who stood out, and the original X-men team consisted of a group of teenagers who didn’t fit in with society. But as time went on, the X-men accepted more and more mutants (in the comics, only the characters that are born with their powers are called mutants, while the characters who obtained their powers from an external force are called mutates). Many of the then-new members came from different countries, and different religions. In biology, mutation is a change in the genetic code that was not passed down from previous generations. The X-man, Beast, is a prime example of this. His father worked at a nuclear plant, and because he was exposed to radiation (obviously non-lethal doses), it caused his son to develop hands and feet that were much bigger than they were supposed to be. When the Beast was in his late 20’s, he developed a serum that would isolate a mutant hormone, and allow anyone to become a mutant for a short while. Because he failed to treat himself with the antidote to the serum on time, he took on his distinguished blue form. Later in his life, he underwent another mutation, and went from being a blue ape to a blue humanoid cat. Such events where a mutant undergoes another mutation is called a secondary mutation, because it did manifested some time after the original mutation occurred. In biology, secondary mutations are referred to as suppressor mutations, which alleviate or revert the phenotypic effects of a pre-existing mutation.