The Temporal Gene is an extremely rare genetic trait that allows anyone who possesses it to bend time to apparently freeze it using the power of concentration alone.
The Temporal Gene, as it was formally named by the International Temporal Enforcement Agency, naturally manifests only in women. It has been shown that only an X-chromosome can possess the recessive trait, thus the only way for it to manifest is if the recessive-halfs meet when a child is conceived. It is notable that even woman who possess the gene aren't always able to activate so its suspected some kind of biological event must occur first. While the recessive trait isn't that uncommon the requirement for two of them to join and for the gene to be active has led to the estimate that there are no more than a dozen women worldwide with active genes.
To use the Temporal Gene great concentration is required. A possessor must focus and calm their mind, and upon reaching a sort of nirvana the person has effectively frozen time. Anything or anyone in contact with the gene-carrier when they activate it will not freeze, and time will only start flowing again when the user loses total concentration. When the time-stop state is achieved it is possible to lose some concentration and keep time frozen, but a total loss of focus will cause a disruption. Those who use their gift frequently will find themselves able to activate it quicker and not lose concentration so easily but are prone to fatigue, but mentally and physically, thus requiring properly sleep after repeated use.
Using sophisticated electronics it is possible to use a sample of the gene to create a field that freezes anything within it. To fully replicate the effect a complete replication of the gene as it appears within the human host is required, which requires either the harvest of genetic material or cloning, though the latter hasn't proved successful as of yet. No known attempts have been made yet to give a person the gene artificially.