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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Child's Rare Genetic Condition Causes Hulk-like Super Strength!
The Superpower: Super strength, impenetrability via genetic mutation.
The Real Life Superpower: A rare genetic condition is giving 3-year old Liam Hoekstra, Michigan, the ability eat like a horse and not gain any weight whatsoever, lift large furniture that most adults would have trouble lifting and increase in muscle strength by just living out his normal life. At 3 years old. He's a toddler.
His condition was first suspected when he was able to walk at an early age... just how early? 2 days!!! The child was able to walk after only 2 days of life. He can also do the Olympic move called the Iron Cross where they hold themselves up with only their hands. The genetic disease/condition that the kid has is called Myostatin-Related Muscle Hypertrophy. There have only been 100 cases of this in the world.
There's a defect in his genetic code that allows for excessive muscle growth. So the defect blocks the antibody that usually inhibits muscle growth in the human body, so it's almost a double-negative situation where the disease blocks the blocker, therefore giving the child incredible muscle strength. There are no medical downsides and his heart will be unaffected. The only downside is that he eats 6 enormous meals a day. He also has a six pack, without even really working out, and looks otherwise no different from other children, his muscles are just that much stronger.
So medically, if they were able to replicate this condition it would be open to abuse from athletes, but also open for extremely important use by people with diseases like muscular dystrophy.