According to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" Wolverine and his half brother victor share the same healing powers, or pretty close to the same powers. I read somewhere on this site that Logan also has a son that has healing powers.

With that in mind are mutant powers hereditary? And what happens if two mutants were to have a child? Could you breed a mutant with specific powers?

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    From the real world: a 'mutant' is a creature whose DNA has been modified (usually in far less interesting ways than X-men). By definition DNA is inherited, so mutations are always inherited, though the child gets a 50% chance of getting the mutated gene from one parent or the non-mutated from the other. We now return you to regular programming. Mar 21, 2012 at 16:40

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It makes intuitive sense that, if a mutant were to reproduce, the offspring would have the same (or similar) powers. Right off the top of my head, I can think of a few examples from the comics:

-Daken, Wolverine's son, who has basically the same powers

-Beak and Angel have kids who appear to be a weird mishmash of their powers

-Rachel Summers has an array of psionic powers inherited from her mother, alternate-universe Jean Grey

So there's a lot of evidence that, at least to some degree, mutant powers are hereditary. I don't know much about breeding a mutant with specific powers, but I'd suggest looking into some Mr. Sinister stories if you want to find out more about that.

  • Also Nightcrawler / Azazel...
    – AviD
    Apr 5, 2012 at 8:51
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    @AviD: But that would require me to admit Austen's run happened. Which costs us Claremont's single best stealth relationship/gag. Absolutely not. By way of compensation, I'll suggest: Cable / Nathan Summers (who in all versions has his mother's telekinetic abilities), Siryn (Banshee's scream), and in the Ultimates universe, David Xavier.
    – Tynam
    May 28, 2012 at 6:02
  • Professor Xavier's son David Haller (Legion). Emma Frost's in vitro offspring, the Stepford Cuckoos.
    – CitizenRon
    Feb 28, 2022 at 18:49

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