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article imageSpoof science paper on the powers of Wolverine

By Tim Sandle     Nov 2, 2013 in Science
A well-written spoof research paper has appeared. The paper concerns a fictional superhero, and outlines the molecular keys to the Marvel comics creation Wolverine’s regenerative abilities.
The spoof research paper describes how the X-Man Wolverine is able to rapidly heal wounds received in the fight for justice and mutant equality thanks to a protein called Howlett, which shares many characteristics of the Amblox protein in the axolotl, an amphibian that can regenerate whole limbs. The paper can be read here.
The people behind the spoof were University of British Columbia grad students Sigrid Alvarez and Emma Conway and UBC biochemist Leonard Foster.
Wolverine is a fictional character, a superhero that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Born James Howlett and commonly known as Logan, Wolverine is a mutant who possesses animal-keen senses, enhanced physical capabilities, and a healing factor that allows him to recover from virtually any wound, disease, or toxin at an accelerated rate. The character first appeared in comic books in 1974. In the successful spin-off film series, Wolverine is played by Australian actor Hugh Jackman.
The spoof paper has been 'published' in the Journal of Superhero Mutational Science and penned by Canadian researchers along with fellow mutants Cyclops and Charles Xavier.
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