Marvel at the su­per hu­mans among us

A look at the su­per hu­mans who walk among us

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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.

UN­BREAK­ABLE BONES

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.

MAS­SIVE MUS­CLES

The myo­statin gene reg­u­lates mus­cle growth in an­i­mals and

hu­mans.

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.

ELAS­TIC LIG­A­MENTS

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).

GOLDEN BLOOD

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.

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