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Toddler has rare genetic disorder that gives him 40% more muscle mass than normal.

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I just read a story about a child who at 5 months old could pull himself into an iron cross. For those of you who don't know what an iron cross is, here's a picture:

It's a feat that most men can only dream of doing and here is an infant who could do it without the slightest difficulty.
Here is the story.
post #2 of 14
wow! That is fascinating! He's like a mutant on Heroes or X-men! very cool
post #3 of 14
Wow, a real life Bam-bam
post #4 of 14
Interesting. I wonder if it will affect him as he grows. That is something for me to talk to my teacher about on Thursday as we always talk about these things.
post #5 of 14
Had an interesting email from my teacher about this...

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Hi Kellye,
That was a fascinating article. I did not know about that condition so I have learned something. I looked around and found a site that outlines some of what's know (see below). The mechanisms we covered in class are the tip of the iceberg regarding control of genes ...usiualy there is a complex interacting system that impacts on gene expression. http://www.ans.iastate.edu/research/...eecyfocus.html

"The myostatin gene comprises three exons and two introns, maps to chromosomal region 2q33.2, has three putative transcription initiation sites, and is transcribed as a 3.1-kb mRNA species that encodes a 375-aa precursor protein. Myostatin is expressed uniquely in the human skeletal muscle as a 26-kDa mature glycoprotein (myostatin-immunoreactive protein) and secreted into the plasma"

That is something that am getting interested in...and I would love to see what happens to this young boy as he gets older.
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Had an interesting email from my teacher about this...



That is something that am getting interested in...and I would love to see what happens to this young boy as he gets older.
Yes, it will be fascinating to hear more, and I hope that you will be the one to explain it for me....WOW..You understand some BIIIGGGG words
post #7 of 14
Wow that is an amazing story! Cute little guy. I love his skin colour!
post #8 of 14
I had an interesting chat with my teacher about this young boy - she thinks he will be fine growing up, but would hate to see what he is like as a teenager - he will need to be eating all the time to keep up with the muscle mass and that his muscles will slow down their building as he gets older. We both agreed that we would hate to see his parent's grocery bill!
post #9 of 14
They had a short story about this little boy on The Early Show this morning, and they showed some pictures of him doing things kids that age can normally never do. They didn't give a lot of information, but if I understood correctly, one thing they said was that scientists could study him and the findings could possibly help people with muscular disorders.
post #10 of 14
Oh why why not me!!!!!!
post #11 of 14
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Oh why why not me!!!!!!
I said that to my teacher - she said no - you would get tired of eating all the time.
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I said that to my teacher - she said no - you would get tired of eating all the time.
Oh..... noo..... that would just be the cherry on the ice cream - literally! Are you kidding? tired of eating? Hum.... let me think.... nope, don't think so!
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Oh..... noo..... that would just be the cherry on the ice cream - literally! Are you kidding? tired of eating? Hum.... let me think.... nope, don't think so!
Think...eating like Michael Phelps does...thats how much you would be eating to keep up with the muscle building.
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Think...eating like Michael Phelps does...thats how much you would be eating to keep up with the muscle building.
I think I could live with that too
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