- India, England, America. A passion for knowledge, a talent for hypothesis, and the youthful certainty that she'd change the world.
Dr. Kavita Rao was born in Calcutta, India, began her career there and traveled to England and America in the pursuit of advanced degrees in genetics, and having obtained with the end of his studies PhDs/Doctorates in biochemistry and mutant genetics. She was described as a "passionate student determined to change the world" at the cost of her private life, and eventually became a world-renowned geneticist, but her hope of changing the world was forgotten in the process.
Fighting the Legacy Virus
She tried to cure the Legacy Virus, but failed despite being close of results. A few weeks later, the alien Ord of the Breakworld came to her, offering significant amounts of data, who could have helped her to succeed in her quest. Offering Ord to join McCoy instead of herself, Ord replied to her that he wouldn't work with him because he was a mutant, and also stated he wasn't an anti-mutant, having himself resurrected a mutant. The two of them associated, along with Abigail Brand's S.W.O.R.D., and the two aliens presented her the case of Tildie Soames, a mutant girl who had the power to created monster manifestations having caused the death of his parents as well as a police officer. The intent of Ord and the S.W.O.R.D. was to prevent a prophetic disaster from happening, triggered by a mutant, most probably a X-Man.
The Hope Serum
Working for BeneTech Laboratories and Ord, using at least Tildie Soames, Colossus, a mutant girl who "committed suicide", and several mutants acquired by Ord from the Weapon X's concentration camp of Neverland, Kavita was able to develop a serum (later called "Hope" by the mutants themselves) which could "cure" mutants, turning them into normal humans. To create such cure, she used as a base the Legacy Virus cure present within a revived Colossus.
After a time of research and development, Kavita Rao presented both the Serum and Tildie to the public, offering the product to every willing mutant and any interested nations, although the product wasn't still approved by the government. Hundreds of mutants immediately signed up for the procedure at BeneTech Laboratories, forming massive crowds waiting night and day for receiving the serum, about 1600 mutants there.
The same night, while the X-Men were discussing on the subject, Beast infiltrated BeneTech Laboratories to talk with Rao, asking her a sample of the Hope Serum, as the chance at shedding his "beastly" appearance and avoiding any further secondary mutations held significant appeal for him and he considered taking the serum, which she gave to him, making Ord enraging while she reprimanded him for his terrorist actions.
The X-Men infiltrated BeneTech Laboratories, and freed Colossus. Taken down by BeneTech security, they were rescued by Kavita who make the soldiers hold their fire, before the fight started back. Once the security agents left, the X-Men intended to destroy the building and the cure, and Rao immediatly bluffed, stating that she had released samples and all her data to hundred of research teams across the world.
The facilities were eventually invaded by mutants seeking for the cure, and Ord flee out, kidnapping Tildie and taking all his data and samples before leaving with the main building of BeneTech, in fact a space ship. All people inside were saved by Kavita's warning, who pledged the X-Men to save her protegee. Performing a Fastball Special, Wolverine was able to reach the ship and force Ord to land back, and was delivered into the hands of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Dr. Rao's work was destroyed by Wolverine, leaving Hank with the last sample of "Hope".
When the fact came out that her work derived from the science of the Breakworld, she became a pariah in the scientific community. With no more mutants, Rao was workless because of his condition of mutation expert. Her new goal was to reverse the M-Day effect by creating a clone from inert mutant DNA.
McCoy contacted her among various villain scientists, searching a cure to the M-Day. Contrary to the other geniuses, Rao asked Beast to come see him within three days, promising to help him with the few resources she had. When he came, Kavita presented him the violent effects of the M-Day: All her X-Gene samples had turned in dust. Warning him from crossing the line for his quest, Rao handed him BeneTech, Breakworld and even Neverland files, before returning to India.
While she argued on the fact that mutants wanted the cure, and that she indeed made terrible things to develop the cure, she came to see that her actions could have sent the mutants to their extinction.
Rao later joined the X-Club, a group of scientists gathered by McCoy and Warren Worthington to assist in solving how to reverse the effects of M-Day. She quickly started a tense relation with Doctor Nemesis, because of his universal antipathy.
Along with the rest of the X-Club, she traveled back to 1906 to obtain blood samples from first generation's mutant's parents from Namor's era, the people matching the best being Nemesis' parents.
She played bridge the night with Dr. Yuriko Takiguchi the night before he died, and was present at the meeting to discuss the modalities of his funeral, but felt bad about a sea burial for her former colleague. She soon later assisted to his cremation and funeral.
After their mission against Legion, the New Mutants Magik then Karma were interviewed by Kavita, as a debriefing, and gathering informations on Marci, a girl trapped in Legion's mind. Those post-mission briefings were part of her common activities on the island.
With Magneto's coming, he dragged the Breakworld bullet with Kitty Pryde in it, putting the X-Club on a new project: Prevent the bullet from hitting Earth, leaving Kavita with the task of caring about the once-again passed out Magneto. ...
The X-Club managed to escape, trying to warn Cyclops that Bastion was targeting Utopia and attempted (successfully) to keep the X-Club away, and Kavita Rao was able to make peace with herself for the creation of the Hope Serum, throwing the bracelet with the formula into San Francisco Bay. They quickly tried to understand and take down the Sphere who had been raised around Utopia, and were rapidly joined by the Avengers, then the Fantastic Four. The whole three teams combined scientists were unable to shut down the Sphere.
After the battle, she was back to the sick bay, taking care of the wounded, including Iceman, the still intangible Kitty Pryde and theorizing the explanation of why Pryde was still phasing, and Armor. She also performed tests on Hellion's use of his powers on the bionic hands he had since he lost his natural ones against the Nimrods, and was interrogated by Cyclops on Hellion, after an accident happened between him and Karima where the Omega Sentinel had his programming restored and attacked mutants during a reconstruction operation of San Francisco by the X-Men.
Kavita Rao remained on Utopia, still acting as physicist of the base.
After the reality warping by Legion, Kavita presented the various consequences to Cyclops: Hellion's new control of his hands and powers, Chamber's powers return and chest explosion, and Revenant, kind of a plasma ghost of Cyclops' alternate daughter Rachel Summers.
While the X-Men were at war with the Avengers, the Utopian students were transferred in custody in the Avengers Compound, while the X-Club members Jeffries and Rao agreed to serve as de facto guards. When Sebastian Shaw escaped from his containment unit, Rao logically but erroneously assumed that he might intend to take revenge on Emma Frost, responsible for his mind erasure. When a brawl started on the matter that the mutants should have to go free or not, Rao stated that they should be allowed to take part in the conflict, "or not", according to their personal choices, just wanting to get back to her lab herself. After a fake fight for the Academy staff to justify the escape of all Utopians from the Compound, Kavita was teleported away along Madison and the students by Pixie.
Her whereabouts during the rest of the conflict are unknown.
Joining Jean Grey School
After the conflict and the dissolution of Utopia's X-Men and X-Club, she joined the Jean Grey School. Acting as the physicist of the school, she was knocked out by Sojobo-Tengu, possessed by Luca Aldine as he wanted to kill his sister Blindfold, while she was being examined by Rao.
She was also contacted by the Institute of Bio-Social Studies of San Francisco in order to reproduce the Hope Serum, but refused to help to the great displeasure of Dr. Nina Ambrose, forcing the IBSS to produce the X-Cise, a cure which worked by damaging the mutant brains and leaving them in a child-like state.
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Genius-level mutant geneticist and biochemist. She also possess vast knowledge in bioengineering and cloning, and is a capable physician.
- Scrambler device: Kavita posses a scrambler device protecting her from telepathic control.
Kavita Rao is left-handed.
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- ↑ X-Club #2-5
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 X-Men: Blind Science #1
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 X-Men: Earth's Mutant Heroes #1
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Heroic Age: X-Men #1
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #2
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 New X-Men Vol 2 #40
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #6
- ↑ Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #3
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #4
- ↑ Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #1
- ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #2, Abigail Brand entry
- ↑ Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #1-2
- ↑ Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #3-4
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #2-3
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #5
- ↑ X-Men Vol 2 #200
- ↑ Uncanny X-Men #488
- ↑ Uncanny X-Men #508
- ↑ Uncanny X-Men #509
- ↑ Uncanny X-Men #509-512
- ↑ Dark Avengers / Uncanny X-Men: Utopia #1
- ↑ Uncanny X-Men #514
- ↑ Dark Avengers #8
- ↑ Dark Avengers / Uncanny X-Men: Exodus #1
- ↑ Uncanny X-Men #515
- ↑ Nation X #1
- ↑ Uncanny X-Men #518-519
- ↑ X-Men: Legacy #229-230
- ↑ 29.0 29.1 New Mutants Vol 3 #5
- ↑ Uncanny X-Men #521-522
- ↑ Uncanny X-Men #523
- ↑ X-Men: Legacy #235
- ↑ Second Coming: Prepare #1
- ↑ Uncanny X-Men #524
- ↑ New Mutants Vol 3 #13
- ↑ 36.0 36.1 X-Men: Legacy #236
- ↑ Uncanny X-Men #525
- ↑ X-Force Vol 3 #28
- ↑ X-Men: Second Coming #2
- ↑ Uncanny X-Men #526
- ↑ Uncanny X-Men #527
- ↑ X-Men: Legacy #242-243
- ↑ Uncanny X-Men #529-532
- ↑ Uncanny X-Men #534
- ↑ X-Men: Curse of the Mutants - Smoke & Blood #1
- ↑ Wolverine and Jubilee #1
- ↑ Wolverine Vol 4 #4
- ↑ Wolverine Vol 4 #6
- ↑ Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #44
- ↑ Uncanny X-Men Annual Vol 2 #3
- ↑ Avengers Academy #29
- ↑ Avengers Academy #30
- ↑ Avengers Academy #31
- ↑ X-Men: Legacy Vol 2 #5-6
- ↑ X-Men: Legacy Vol 2 #11
- ↑ X-Men: Earth's Mutant Heroes #1
- ↑ X-Men: Earth's Mutant Heroes #1
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