The Meta-Gene is a genetic marker in certain humans that allows them to endure catastrophic physical trauma by developing new abilities—i.e. superpowers.[1] The Meta-Gene has attracted interest from the Kroloteans[2] and the Reach. The latter have conducted experiments on both normal humans and humans with active Meta-Genes in order to isolate the Meta-Gene and to duplicate and weaponize Meta-Gene powers.[1]

After debriefing the runaway abductees, Black Canary surmised what the Meta-Gene was and what the Reach intended to do with it.[3] Eduardo Dorado Sr. has speculated that the Meta-Gene is opportunistic in nature, taking advantage of pre-existing factors in the person's system. He based this theory on the fact that his son gained teleportation powers after Dorado Sr. spent decades working with Zeta-Beam technology.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Hopps, Kevin (writer) & Divar, Tim (director) (Originally released on iTunes on October 14, 2012, broadcast on January 5, 2013). "Before the Dawn". Young Justice. Season 2. Episode 10. Cartoon Network.
  2. David, Peter (writer) & Zwyer, Mel (director) (June 2, 2012). "Bloodlines". Young Justice. Season 2. Episode 6. Cartoon Network.
  3. Dubuc, Nicole (writer) & Murphy, Doug (director) (January 12, 2013). "Cornered". Young Justice. Season 2. Episode 11. Cartoon Network.
  4. Hopps, Kevin (writer) & Murphy, Doug (director) (February 2, 2013). "Runaways". Young Justice. Season 2. Episode 14. Cartoon Network.