Modelling the Mutation Rate of The Flash in Context

Scott Brown, Danny Chandla


The Flash has had many incarnations, however all share key characteristics. One of these is an increased metabolic rate and therefore an increased cell turnover. A simple model is used to model the cell turnover of the Flash and calculate the rate at which he acquires mutations, 1.71x1015 mutations per day. This is compared to the incidence of cancer in the UK, showing the Flash has an increased risk.


Comic; Biology; DNA; Mutation rate; Bacteria; Superhero; The Flash

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