Marvel at the super humans among us
A look at the super humans who walk among us
When you think about comic book characters like The Incredible Hulk, animations like The
Incredibles, and super heroes like Groot, you probably don’t think of them as actual people.
It’s only when you realise the human body’s ability to amaze and confound the brightest minds in science, that you start to accept that mutants and super humans do, in fact, exist.
From the super strong, to the very hairy and exceptionally fast, our world is filled with people whose anatomy has taken an extra step.
Anyone who has ever seen the movie Unbreakable will be glad to know the Bruce Willis character is real (to some extent).
There are people on earth who have bones eight times denser than the average person’s, making their bones almost impossible to break under normal circumstances. Scientist discovered this mutation after an athlete walked away from a serious car crash without a scratch.
The myostatin gene regulates muscle growth in animals and
When this gene is inactive or suppressed, it results in a dramatic increase of muscle mass and, consequently, strength.
More common in cattle, sheep and mice, this mutation does occur in some humans, like the boy born in Berlin in 2004.
Before he was five years old, he could lift three kilogram weights with his arms extended — something many adults struggle to do.
Just like The Incredible Hulk, without the rage and green tan.
When you hear ‘Marfan syndrome’, think of the super stretchy Elastagirl from The Incredibles.
The genetic mutation affects the connective tissue of about 5000 people in varying degrees.
In a milder form, ligaments grow long and stretchy, causing hyper–mobility (mostly in their hands and wrists).
There are about 40 people on earth who have the incredibly rare blood type known as ‘golden blood’.
Their blood isn’t truly gold, but it is unbelievably valuable as it is the only blood capable of being donor blood for other rare blood types. Like Groot from The Guardians of
the Galaxy: Vol 1, these people sacrifice their bodies to save others.