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After years of reading X-Men, I noticed something that I had originally missed: if X-23 was cloned using Wolverine's DNA, does this mean she is not technically a mutant? Or does the fact that she was born with these abilities contradict the cloning?

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Yes, the Earth-616 version of Laura Kinney (aka "X-23") is classified as a mutant.

Laura Kinney was created using a corrupted sample of Wolverine's DNA. The sample was decades old and a few segments - including the Y chromosome - were unrecoverable. To create a viable sample, the DNA was augmented using that of Sarah Kinney, the project director. The resulting viable sample was the 23rd attempt, thus the X-23 designation for Laura. For the most part, she is considered a female duplicate of Wolverine, although there ARE some notable differences due to the process. For instance, she has a different claw configuration than her genetic "father".

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In the Marvel universe, the term "mutant" refers to any individual of the Homo sapiens superior sub-species. Since Laura has the "mutant gene" in her genetic makeup - just like Wolverine - she is still classified as a mutant despite her origin as a clone.

Another example of this would be the Cuckoo sisters, who are classified as mutants despite being

enhanced clones of Emma Frost.

  • Awesome. The bit about X-23 sharing the same genetics as Wolverine was perfect, and I never knew about the Emma Frost/Cuckoo Sisters bit at the end. – Howard8614 Jul 1 '15 at 16:38
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    @Howard8614 - when you get a chance, you can accept this answer by clicking the green check mark icon below its voting arrows. This lets others know that it answered the question to your satisfaction. – Omegacron Jul 9 '15 at 20:52

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