The genetic mutation many men would dream of - super strength

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The genetic mutation many men would dream of - super strength

Liam is a three year old by with a genetic mutation, he has super strength. Imagine the potential of this kid in the future. The article mentions that he was adopted and his biological father also was very strong. The father's history would be interesting to see as well, as a predictor of what Liams potential may be.

Myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy, or muscle enlargement, is an extremely rare genetic condition. It promotes above-average growth of the skeletal muscles without harming the heart or causing any other negative side effects.

Scientists discovered the condition in the 1990s in Belgian Blue cattle, an unusually muscular breed. The first human case was documented in 2000, in a German boy, but wasn't reported in medical literature until 2004.

Experts have said the condition is so rare in humans, scientists don't know how many people have it.

Liam's amazing strength, the result of a rare genetic condition called myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy, has made him something of a global media darling.

His mother, Dana Hoekstra, said she's not surprised by all the media interest.

"Liam is everything a lot of us want to be -- all muscle, no body fat and he gets to eat whatever he wants," she said.

For Liam, the result was having 40 percent more muscle mass than other children his age. He is terrifically strong, quick as a rabbit, has the metabolism of a gerbil and almost no body fat.

Liam's strength is not evident until he participates in an activity that requires raw power, such as sit-ups or chin-ups.

"He's amazing at doing sit-ups because his abdominal muscles are so strong," said his mother, who is a physician's assistant. "When he does sit-ups you can see how he is stronger than other kids his age."

The 30-pound boy thrives in strength-related activities. But Liam struggles with his balance and is less flexible than other children his age, said Phil Bishop, the head coach at Cassell Gymnastics and Dance in Norton Shores.

"He's very strong -- I think he'll eventually be a great athlete," said Bishop, who works with Liam once a week.

Bishop pointed out the major difference between Liam and other three-year-olds in his class as the children did chin-ups. Two other children in the class struggled to pull their chins up to the bar; Liam performed the task with ease.

With a little assistance from Bishop, Liam then hoisted his torso above the bar, locked his elbows and held his position.

"That's where you see the difference; he has tremendous upper body strength," Bishop said.

Dana Hoekstra said the parents of other children at the preschool Liam attends initially feared the boy would be a danger to other kids.

"The other parents asked me if Liam would hurt their kids," Dana Hoekstra said. "I told them he doesn't know his own strength."

Liam is slightly smaller than average for his age but is projected to reach a height of around five-feet, nine-inches tall by the time he's done growing. His mother said his muscle condition will become evident when Liam begins adding weight and lifting weights in his teen years.

"When he starts working out with weights, he will build muscle much faster than other kids," his mother said. "Then it might look like he's on steroids."

The Hoekstras, who are devoted University of Michigan fans, dream of their son playing football someday for the Wolverines.

They were unaware of Liam's condition when they adopted him at birth. They believe he inherited myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy from his biological father, who reportedly possessed tremendous strength.

Liam's condition is more than a medical anomaly.

Scientists are studying other people with myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy in an effort to understand the mysteries of muscle growth and deterioration. Research on adults who share Liam's condition could lead to new treatments for debilitating ailments, such as muscular dystrophy and osteoporosis.

Experts have said the ability to manipulate myostatin in the human body could also become a hot commodity among athletes looking to gain an edge, perhaps illegally, on the competition.

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By netchicken: posted on 3-4-2009

Now all he needs is a genetic mutation for super speed, and he'll be your friendly, neighborhood super hero. LOL
By mg.mikael: posted on 4-4-2009

An update, check out his body!

Imagine an amped-up version of Michaelangeloís David statue, and youíve got Liam. Heís got almost no body fat, 40 percent more muscle mass than the average person and Superman-level strength and speed. Granted, heís not hauling airplanes down the street just yet ó but give him a break: Heís only 19 months old.

The ultra-brawny toddler from Roosevelt Park, Mich., was born with myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy, or muscle enlargement. Because of this incredibly rare condition, Liamís muscles develop at a rate much faster than the average personís ó only two days after his birth, the infant was able to stand up with support. More recently, heís moved onto Olympic-caliber iron crosses.

Fortunately, doctors arenít aware of any negative side effects to Liamís bizarre condition. "Heís a normal kid. Heís just got that lucky twist," Liamís doctor, Erlund Larson, told The Associated Press. "Itís going to be fun to watch him grow."


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By netchicken: posted on 22-9-2011

I wonder if their minds are affected in any way.
By dnavarre: posted on 23-9-2011

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