Jeremy Hsu, LiveScience Senior Writer   |   February 26, 2011 08:09pm ET

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Super soldiers

Credit: Twentieth Century FoxA super soldier program produces Marvel superhero Wolverine in the movie “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” along with rivals Sabretooth and Weapon XI. Now LiveScience looks back on real experiments that the U.S. government ran on soldiers and citizens to advance the science of war.The military didn’t replicate Wolverine’s indestructible skeleton and retractable claws. Rather, they shot accident victims up with plutonium, tested nerve gas on sailors, and tried out ESP. While some of the tests seem outlandish in hindsight, the military continues to push the envelope in seeking new warfare techniques based on cutting-edge science and technology.

“My measure of success is that the International Olympic Committee bans everything we do,” said Michael Goldblatt, former head of DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office, while talking with reporters. And that’s not a Hollywood script.

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