"Considered to have the oldest form of DNA making their species highly adaptable."
I've always liked your myote species, so this isn't a critique of them or anything, but as an aside, this last sentence sort of bugs me. What form of DNA are you referring to, and why would it "being old" make them more adaptable? *is a biology major* Are you referring to their cells' ability to retain "stem-cell-like abilities" ([link])? Or were you suggesting that myotes are the oldest species in their world, and so they must be very successful ("have good DNA"), and this must mean they are adaptable as a species?
In any case, I get your desire to give an explanation for why your creatures are the way they are, which is always cool I just wasn't sure what you were talking about here, it doesn't quite make sense to me.
Good question. Not sure if I have an ultimately good and totally scientific answer for you, but here goes my best explanation.
Within their timeline they were one of the first species to exist. They have little genetic evolution to their species as a whole, which has allowed them to retain stem-cell-like abilities (some of which are similarly found in amphibians and the like). Their genetic compatibility is similar to that of someone with type AB Rh D positive blood, in a way. This is why the Sapyr Nicoli uses them in a lot of his science experiments to attempt to make a "super soldier". He can create hybrids using Myote genes which combine well and adapt to the other genes added from other species. This has also allowed for cross-breeding between some species with Myotes, although it is very uncommon.
So I guess in short it's not the Myote species itself that is highly adaptable but their genes.... although some of the younger generation have discovered how to alter their own external appearances by harnessing the high level of energy put out by Rowens gems. This is not an ability that the older generations had, but this is partially due to the energy cycle of the planet they immigrated to which was not present in their previous home.
I guess I could also mention that the Draconians also have very similar genetics but were also an "original" race alongside the Myotes.
I realize this probably doesn't make much sense. I came up with it when I was in middle school. Feel free to critique away. I could use some scientific direction.
"They have little genetic evolution to their species as a whole,"
Meaning they haven't changed much over time? Or meaning they don't have much genetic variation? (Note that low genetic variation in a population is considered bad, generally speaking, and makes a species more prone to extinction.)
"which has allowed them to retain stem-cell-like abilities (some of which are similarly found in amphibians and the like)"
Firstly, I don't see how the above would lead to this conclusion - they don't relate. But yes, are you referring to, for example, how some amphibians and reptiles can, say, regrow tails or spontaneously change sex and whatnot? It's not associated with how evolved they are, or how much genetic variation they have.
But yeah, you can say that myotes haven't changed much over time, and/or that they don't have much genetic variation within the species, and you can say that they have "stem-cell-like abilities", but the three things don't really have a causal relationship with each other or anything.
"Their genetic compatibility is similar to that of someone with type AB Rh D positive blood, in a way"
You mean how people with blood type AB is a universal receiver because they don't have any of the antibodies required to react to other blood types? Maybe not the best analogy, but I get what you mean.
"Myote genes which combine well and adapt to the other genes added from other species"
Ahh *nods* So, without getting too technical or giving any technical reasons, their DNA splices well with other DNA. You might find retroviruses a useful analogy - they function by hijacking the host's DNA, integrating their own DNA into the cell's DNA, and tricking the cell into building virus parts along with the usual proteins it makes. I'm rusty on all the details, but perhaps myote DNA has retrovirus-like qualities!
"Meaning they haven't changed much over time? Or meaning they don't have much genetic variation?"
They haven't changed much over time. They only have one ancestral form which can actually be reverted back to.
"But yes, are you referring to, for example, how some amphibians and reptiles can, say, regrow tails or spontaneously change sex and whatnot?"
Yes... and how some can change color instantly... and the like.
"You might find retroviruses a useful analogy - they function by hijacking the host's DNA, integrating their own DNA into the cell's DNA, and tricking the cell into building virus parts along with the usual proteins it makes. I'm rusty on all the details, but perhaps myote DNA has retrovirus-like qualities!"
Exactly! And you just figured out the analogy I've been searching for for years! That's worthy of a hug.
Yes, I guess it doesn't make much sense to explain it the way I did in the short sentence because they two don't really relate, but I didn't have much room to write out a whole big schpeal... although I suppose I could've left it blank. XD I kidna assumed that a layman (someone uneducated in any sort of biology, as there are many of those... ) would get what I was hinting at because it has always seemed to me that a lot of people believe that many reptiles and amphibians are generally unevolved since the time of the dinosaurs and also maintain a general knowledge of how many of them can regenerate body parts (snakes have even been known to regrow damaged brain tissue!), mutate or color change to fit situations, and the like. But, perhaps a rewording is in order. XD I should just change that last sentence to "Myote DNA has retrovirus-like qualities"... it'll send a bunch of people to google anyway. XD
point of curiosity> is this your creation or from a Japanese source? If its yours, awesome, if its Japanese, then the pronunciation key may be wrong. It would be (mee oh teh) in the case of the latter. Just trying to be helpful.
It is my own creation. I realize it should actually be pronounced "Mee-oh-teh" based on the new pronunciation guide and standardization I have created... unfortunately, I came up with the species name originally when I was eleven and at the time pronounced it as "My-oh-tee"... because um... I was eleven and the name originated from combining "monster" and "coyote"... or rather... taking the "M" from monster and the "yote" from coyote... That being said, as old habits die hard, the pronunciation deviates from the standardized pronunciation I developed in the past five or so years. However, I try to remind myself that I need to get myself in the habit of pronouncing it properly.>_> Then again, every language has at least one word that deviates from standard pronunciation.
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