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|The catalyst is only needed if the DNA of a person is not capable of supporting the ability genes.||None.|| + Nathan was said to be a synthetic evolved human, but because of his lineage, he could support the change and may not of needed the catalyst.|
- There's nothing that suggests that the formula used on Nathan lacked the catalyst.
|The catalyst is a form of the healing ability which can cure the genetic abnormalities caused by giving the formula to a normal person with no family history.||None.|| • Mohinder mutated into a monster without the catalyst.|
|The catalyst was created through an as of yet unseen ability belonging to one of the twelve, possibly Victoria Pratt.||None.|| + Victoria Pratt was able to create (presumably) at least 138 different strains of the Shanti Virus, and it is heavily implied that as one of the twelve, she has an ability. Biological manipulation could account for how she was able to manage this, as well as how she could create a catalyst to perfect the formula.|
• That doesn't explain how the catalyst passed to Ishi.
|The Catalyst is still latent in Hiro and can be reactivated.||None.|| + Hiro's ability was partially restored by Matt Parkman, Jr. after it had been taken by Arthur.|
|The Catalyst is actually the corona of a Solar Eclipse, captured by someone with photokinesis.||A lot of peoples' abilities first manifested after an eclipse. The Catalyst is referred to as the "light".|| + Photokinesis could be Kaito's ability, which would explain why the Catalyst went to Ishi instead of someone else.|
|The catalyst was created by an ability.||Mohinder states that the catalyst would be something that cannot be created.|| + Mohinder may have meant that the catalyst was something that could not normally be made. Abilities are not normal.|
• It is possible that the 'catalyst' is a side effect created in an evolved human whose ability is manifested forcibly by another evolved human, such as the use of activation and deactivation.
|See Also: 9 • Red • Time travel • Catalyst|