Most Shocking Physical Mutations Known to Man. You may have noticed that theres a growing trend towards body acceptance and positivity and embracing all different types of looks. However, most of the time this involves things like fuller figures, copious tattoos, or strange piercings, rather than physical mutations. But now, people who have interesting genetic mutations are sharing their stories in hopes of raising awareness about the new normal when it comes to bodies. Some of these mutations affect other animals as well. After you see these 20 mutations, your idea of normal will be flipped upside down.
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Double Muscle Mutation
There have a been a few wild news stories about toddlers with super human strength, and this genetic mutation explains why. When a child doesnt produce enough of a protein called myostatin, or else they dont react to it, they will become outrageously strong.
Chimeras is a term from Greek mythology which refers to life forms with traits from two different genetic components. It may show up as two different coloured eyes, or different hair colors on the same creature. It is a result of two eggs merging after conception, but it has also been seen in blood cells and in plants.
Polycephaly – Shocking Physical Mutations
Polycephaly is a congenital condition which results in an animal having two or more heads. This is the result of multiple embryos fusing, and it is the same phenomenon that results in conjoined twins.
This condition occurs when a person has an extreme sensitivity to HPV, and its effects produce scaly skin patches that are often compared to tree bark. Only about 195 cases have ever been reported.
What was once known as lobster claw hand is actually ectrodactyly. Its a condition that causes a cleft to grow on the hands and feet where there would normally be a finger or toe.
Only about 50 people in the world live with hypertrichosis, which causes excessive hair growth and hair covering the whole body.
Uner Tan Syndrome
It is a rather controversial condition, but one thing that is agreed upon with UTS is that those who have it walk on all fours and appear to be physically devolving, rather than evolving.
Progeria is a rather new genetic condition, although not a hereditary one. It is usually noticeable shortly after birth and it causes that person to age much more rapidly than normal. Only about 1 in 8 million people are said to have it, and sadly, they tend to not live past their teens or early twenties.
Proteus Syndrome is now thought to be the condition of which the famous Elephant Man suffered. Bones, skin, and other tissues overgrow in those who have this, so many of their features are out of proportion to the rest of them. It only occurs in less than one in one million people.
So rare a disorder that its rate of incidence is unknown, trimethylaminuria is very easy to diagnose. Those with this condition cannot break down trimethylamine, which naturally occurs in our bodies. The excess of this results in that person constantly smelling of rotting fish, eggs, garbage or urine.
Babies born with what is called Mermaid Syndrome have both of their legs fused together into one. Most babies born with this pass away due to bladder and kidney problems, but there are also reports of people that did not experience those complications and live relatively normal lives.